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At least 3 injured in shooting at Tampa Pin Chasers

Pin Chasers Armenia
Posted at 10:02 AM, Mar 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-07 15:14:28-05

At least three people were injured in a shooting at a Tampa bowling alley.

Officers responded to the Pin Chasers at 4847 N. Armenia Ave. just after 11 p.m. Sunday. As units arrived on the scene, police say a vehicle was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

Officers caught up to the vehicle at the St. Joseph's Hospital emergency room where they discovered both people in the car had been shot. Police say a gun was found on one of the victims' person and another was found in the vehicle.

A third person was found inside the bowling alley with a gunshot wound and was also taken to the hospital.

Authorities say none of the gunshot injuries were life-threatening.

Pin Chaser says two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

The bowling alley released the following statement on the incident:

Last night was an incredibly unfortunate and scary moment at the Pin Chasers' Midtown location. There was a shooting incident whereby three involved with the shooting were injured, cars were damaged including two staff members' vehicles, and door glass was broken. Tampa Police Department (TPD) was quick and decisive in their response and two involved have been arrested. We are so grateful that there was no loss of life, that all our staff members and guests are safe. We will take the time to learn, reflect, review, and enact immediate change to find new ways to ensure the safety of our staff and guests.

  • Midtown will be closed Monday, March 7th to repair and prepare to open again.
  • For the immediate future, we will open Midtown through evening league play only and close by 10pm.  
  • We are in discussions with TPD to have them on-site for off-duty work in the evening at all locations.
  • Mental health professionals will be made available to our employees  

Please know that all threats to the safety of our staff, management and wonderful bowling community are taken seriously and will be investigated thoroughly. We are cooperating fully with the Tampa Police Department in the investigation of this incident. For nearly 65 years, we have served the Tampa Bay community and the City of Tampa. The Pin Chasers Midtown location is our first and oldest location and has served the West Tampa area and beyond for 64 years. We love our community and the neighborhoods we serve, as well as the family and friends that have trusted us since 1958. It pains us terribly to know that others would willfully endanger our staff and guests at this location where so many have had fun bowling with us over the years. We will continue to work with our community law enforcement partners, like TPD, and create even stronger solutions to ensure the safety of our staff and bowling community. We look forward to continuing to be Tampa’s choice for bowling, food and fun.

Police have not released any additional information at this time but say the investigation is ongoing.