Suspect sought for shooting Plant High School honor student

11:53 PM, Oct 12, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - Tampa police are still searching for the gunman who shot a 16-year-old honor student on Friday.

The teen and a 15-year-old friend were on their way home from a football game when a man approached them in a black 4-door vehicle with dark tinted windows at the corner of West San Miguel Street and Bendelow Trail South and shot the teen in the leg.

"We heard a shot, but at the time in this neighborhood I thought it was, like, a firecracker," said Elle Spada.

As Spada ran out to help, the victim's 15-year-old friend tried to stop the bleeding.

"That hole was about a half an inch. It was a huge hole and if it had happened anywhere on her body she would have bled out," said Spada as she described the wound in the teen's leg.

"The neighbors came out and they called 911 and then got towels for us," she said.

While police search for the suspect, 10 News is not identifying either of the teenage girls involved in the incident due to safety.

"We think we have one suspect that we're actively looking for at this time," said Lt. Ron McMullen with the Tampa Police Department.

The shooter is between 20-30 years old, possibly wearing a red shirt. He had a black ski-type mask on his head, he was clean shaven, and he had a chubby face.

A Hillsborough County School District spokesperson said they don't believe the shooter had a connection to the school, and they are working with authorities to solve this crime.

"We're having discussions about security in and around our campus."

Spada's son, a Plant High School student, said this incident will have him a bit more alert walking to and from school.

"It's definitely, like, shocking. It's definitely going to be, like, a big deal at Plant," said Phillip Spada.

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