“Imagine if that was your son who was killed because of this,” the police said.
A 7-year-old bystander was fatally shot in the head by a stray bullet amid an altercation over jet skis on July 4, according to police in Tampa, Florida.
When gunfire erupted near a boat ramp, the 7-year-old boy’s grandfather pulled him into a truck for cover, but the boy was still shot in the head and the grandfather was shot in the finger, Tampa Police Deputy Chief Calvin. Johnson said at a press conference on Wednesday.
It appears the boy and his grandfather were shot by the same bullet, Johnson said. The grandfather’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Johnson said the shooter was “careless” with a gun and let “anger take over.”
“One group was mad because the second group was riding their jet skis too close to shore,” Johnson said, adding “that confrontation led to shots being fired.”
No arrests have been made and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.
To the shooter, Johnson said, “Turn yourself in. … Imagine if it was your son who was killed because of this.”
“I’m very angry,” Johnson said, calling the shooting “senseless.”
“We have to do better as a community, really, as Americans,” Johnson said. “There’s a better way to deal with anything you might come across than to go with that firearm.”
“Our thoughts are with the family of this innocent child,” Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw said in a statement. “Our detectives will work tirelessly until everyone involved is identified and arrested.”