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Tampa police: Armed gunman opens fire on patrol officers

The shooting happened near North 54th Street and East 30th Avenue.

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Police Department is searching for the person who opened fire on officers patrolling in the Grant Park community Tuesday evening.

The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. near North 54th Street and East 30th Avenue when three officers in plain clothes from Tampa's Street Anti-Crime (SAC) squad were on proactive patrol in an unmarked car, a spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department said. 

As officers drove southbound on 54th Street, they noticed a group of people outside of a home. One person from the group shot toward the officers, hitting the front of the car and caused minimal damage, Tampa police said. The officers in the car did not shoot back.

"I am grateful the officers involved tonight were not injured as a result of the dangerous actions by this suspect," Interim Chief Lee Bercaw said. "This is just one example of the unforeseen circumstances our personnel face every single day. Detectives are actively working leads and interviewing neighbors to identify and eventually arrest the shooter. I urge anyone who has information to come forward with it so justice can be served. No tip is ever too small."

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