A 7-year-old boy was killed in the head by a stray bullet during a fight between two groups over a jet ski on Independence Day, according to Tampa, Florida police.
The shootings began near the Courtney Campbell Causeway boat dock on Tuesday evening. according to the policeWhen one group got upset that another group got their jet skis too close to the shore where the kids were playing.
The boy’s grandfather heard gunshots and pulled the boy into a truck to escape, but the two men were shot anyway, and the grandfather was seriously injured, although not life-threatening, in his finger.
The victim’s name has not been released.
“We as a community, and indeed as Americans, need to do better,” Tampa Police Deputy Chief Calvin Johnson said at a press conference Wednesday. “There are better ways to deal with what you’re going through than turning to firearms.”
Police called the shooting “meaningless” and asked the shooter to turn himself in.
“Turn yourself in. …Imagine if it was your child who was killed in this matter,” Johnson added.
At least 15 people were killed and 94 more injured in the shootings over the Independence Day weekend. according to Go to the Gun Violence Archive.
As Independent reportviolence erupted across the United States, from Texas to Washington, D.C. to Illinois.
A total of five people were killed and 34 injured in the shootings, which also included incidents at block parties in Baltimore and Louisiana.
Meanwhile, nine people were injured in a vehicle shooting in Washington, and five were killed in a masked shooting in Philadelphia.
Earlier this week, Joe Biden praised Illinois state officials have banned the use of assault weapons following the 2022 shooting at the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park outside Chicago.
“Their feat will save lives, but that doesn’t make their grief go away,” Biden said.
“And as we’ve seen over the past few days, much more must be done in Illinois and across America to address the epidemic of gun violence that is tearing our communities apart.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/tampa-shooting-jet-ski-4th-b2370179.html 7-year-old Florida boy dies in stray bullet in jet ski fight