Tampa, Florida - The search continues for 23-year-old Bakari Deonte Parks. He's wanted for attempted murder. Tampa police say Parks was fighting with another man around 11 a.m. at the corner of Chestnut Street and North Oregon Avenue. Shots were fired, and one of the bullets hit a 4-year-old boy who was walking with his mother about 250 yards away.
The victim, Renaldo Moore, just celebrated his 4th birthday earlier this month and while it appears he will be OK physically, neighbors say the violence is the final straw. Moore was treated and released from Tampa General Hospital. The bullet went completely through his arm.
Bertha Russell is a grandmother with family living close to where the shooting happened. She says, "I'm just afraid for my daughter and grandson, that's all. I'm just afraid for them."
Russell says she's been concerned for some time about her family's safety in the community. "I come over and get my grandson at night to come stay with me, because he's scared to stay here with his mom."
Her grandson is 6 and she says the violence just hits too close to home this time.
"If I could help I would help, because a lot of people over here is scared for their kids," she says. "But they don't come forward and tell what's going on. How can you help them if they don't come forward and tell something?"
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor were on scene while officers methodically looked for shell casings and any other evidence to crack the case.
Meanwhile, neighbors say that while police patrol the area on a regular basis, it's not nearly enough. So we took their concerns and their hesitations to share their information with police straight to the Chief Castor.
Castor says, "We need people who will come forward and give us information on who it was that had the weapons, who it was that was shooting... so that we can get them off the street."
When 10 News expressed concern that some residents were afraid to share information with officers out of fear of retaliation, Chief Castor said, "This is where they live and that's why we have a variety of ways that they can give information anonymously."
There are two ways you can call in tips to the Tampa Police Department. You could receive a cash reward and you do not have to reveal your identity. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or you can leave a tip by installing the TPD app on your cell phone. Detectives assure 10 News your identity cannot be traced.