Deputies say a brawl between 20 to 30 juveniles ended with a gun being discharged

RUSKIN - A mother and her teenage daughter out for retaliation caused a 20 to 30 person brawl in Ruskin that ended in gunfire Thursday afternoon, according to Hillsborough County deputies.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon told ABC Action News 39-year-old Victoria Davis was arrested for driving her daughters, ages 15 and 17, to Ruskin to fight a 16-year-old boy.  According to deputies, a car load of teen boys followed Davis to take part in the fight.

Davis is now charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Around 4 p.m., neighbors on Maroon Peak Road, reported hearing gunfire.  The gunfire came after more than two dozen juveniles engaged in a street brawl.

Ms. Soto, who declined to give her first name, heard about the shooting from neighbors.

"They called me at work and told me not to come home and to stay away," said Soto.

A mother of two, Soto immediately began to worry.

"I don't want my kids in danger," she explained.

After conducting interviews, deputies learned Davis' daughter was seeking revenge on the 16-year-old boy who allegedly assaulted her Wednesday. Deputies first reported there was only a verbal altercation between the teens and the girl sought revenge because she felt insulted.

Deputies say during the altercation on Wednesday, the boy allegedly hit the girl with a stick in the eye.  Deputies first reported the boy hit the girl in the eye during Thursday's brawl. Davis told police she failed to call police to report the assault but informed them of it while being placed under arrest.

Neighbors told ABC Action News they saw about 15 kids chasing another kid on to an adjacent street. Once on the other street, a gun was fired five times. They believe the shots were fired from either inside a car or near a car.

Deputies closed down the subdivision for 30 minutes and even stopped a school bus from entering to drop off students.

"I told my mom I don't want to live here anymore if it has come to this," Soto said.

No one was seriously injured in the fight. Deputies also cannot located anyone hit by gunfire.

The 16-year-old boy was also arrested and is now facing aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges.

According to deputies, this was not a drive by shooting nor was it gang related. They are still working to figure out who fired the gun. Deputies say both parties pointed the finger at the other.

Print this article Back to Top