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3 people shot in Ybor City Super Bowl weekend; TPD searching for shooter

Posted at 10:30 AM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 10:59:51-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Police are searching for the suspect(s) responsible for an overnight shooting in Ybor City.

The shooting happened sometime after midnight. Three victims were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

At this time, detectives don't have a motive for the shooting. They are speaking to the victims and witnesses.

ABC Action News spoke to several business owners in the area. Most say the shooting was just "one issue on a long list of issues for them."

"The crowds and packed clubs," said Tom Degeorge, owner of the Crowbar.

His business has taken a huge financial hit because of COVID-19 and the new rules.

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Masks and social distancing are mandatory, but most folks in Ybor City Saturday night did not follow those rules.

Also, there's a countywide mandate that bans dance floors at bars, clubs and restaurants. According to Degeorge, some places are refusing to follow the rules. He blames it on the city and Mayor Jane Castor.

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"Mayor, you have to do something," he said. "You got venues that are operating at 100% capacity. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see a line that is two blocks long and know there's going to be a dance floor. "

ABC Action News did talk to TPD about the crowds. A spokesperson said they were disappointed to see the crowds.

Degeorge said the only way to stop the crowds, protect the public from COVID-19 and bullets is to increase Ybor City patrols for Super Bowl Sunday.

"We have a lot of problems out here," Degeorge said. "The city's response has been unacceptable.

TPD would not tell us if anything will change Sunday night to curb reckless crowds. We have reached out to the Mayor's office, and we're waiting for a response.