South Tampa, FL -- There was a possible set-back Thursday for investigators trying to figure out what led to a shooting near Plant High School after a football game last Friday night.
Detectives say they spoke with a man seen in a video they released on Wednesday... a man who they thought might lead them in the right direction.
But it didn't pan out. And now with another big football game tomorrow, the gunman was still on the loose.
Friday is Plant's homecoming football game. Thousands of people are expected to be there. That's why the school's colors may be black and gold, but police say you can expect to see a whole lot of blue out here too; as in, uniformed officers.
Police had hoped this video would eventually lead them to the gunman in last Friday's shooting near Plant high School, but the man in the video saw himself on TV, and contacted investigators.
"We talked to him and he does not have any information about the crime. So we are working the other leads we have in this case," said Tampa Police Spokesperson Andrea Davis.
Last Friday night, after a football game at Plant, two girls walking home claim they were approached by a man in a dark four-door sedan. They say he was 20 to 30 years-old, chubby-faced, wearing a red shirt and dark ski mask on his head.
Words were exchanged and a shot fired. One of the girls was struck in the leg.
Students and parents had hoped police were closing in on the suspect. After all, this is a very busy week at Plant, with lots of activities, including the big game tomorrow.
"It's one of those things of being aware and taking responsibility," said Mar Ellen McAlpine, whose grandson is playing in the game.
With the suspect still out there, students have been looking out for each other. The school has been reviewing safety tips. Students have been walking in groups.
The school's principal, Robert Nelson, says they've always stressed safety, "But I've never experienced anything like this," he said.
10 News was there exclusively Thursday when Tampa detectives returned to the shooting victim's home. They were still searching for a motive, which remained unclear.
For now, short of a big break or arrest in the case, police are planning to saturate the area Friday night. Cruisers will be canvassing the neighborhood. There will be bike and foot patrols and even undercover officers, said Davis.
"So we want the parents to feel comfortable letting their kids enjoy homecoming."
Tampa police say they are still working some active leads, and were still reviewing some video tape from local business.
There's now a $1,000 reward offered by Crimestoppers for infomation leading to an arrest. The number to call is 1 (800) 873-TIPS