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Deputies searching for teen accused of shooting, injuring 2 people in a Wawa parking lot

Deputies said one person was hit in the leg by gunfire. That bullet, or a fragment of it, then hit a second person in the area.
Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

RIVERVIEW, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is searching for a teen they said is responsible for shooting and injuring two people outside of a Riverview Wawa.

Deputies say, Javius Vazquez, 18, shot from inside a black Nissan Altima striking one person in the Wawa's parking lot. That bullet, or a fragment of it, then hit a second person in the area.

The first person injured took off from the scene before later taking themself to AdventHealth, while the other person stayed and was taken to Tampa General Hospital, according to a news release.

Witnesses at the scene told deputies they knew Vazquez and identified him as the shooter. 

"No argument should ever be resolved with gunfire," Sheriff Chad Chronister said. "This teen should be grateful no one was killed due to his senseless actions, but we will ensure he faces consequences for such reckless behavior."

The sheriff's office issued a warrant for Vazquez's arrest on charges of aggravated battery and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-2400.

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