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Suspects Arrested in Shots Fired at Home Depot
 
Tampa, FL November 7, 2013 -

WHEN: 11/06/13, 12:40 p.m.

WHERE: 1712 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa

SUSPECT 1 (Shooter): Darrell Strong, 07/01/1986, B/M, 9242 Dayflower Drive, Tampa

CHARGES: Burglary for the purpose of battery, Aggravated assault with a firearm, discharging a firearm in public

SUSPECT 2: John Christian, 09/27/1973, B/M, 4404 Bass Street, Tampa

CHARGES: Burglary for the purpose of battery

DETAILS: The victim pulled out of his parking space in the Home Depot parking lot and attempted to exit the parking aisle. The woman involved was pulling into the parking aisle and the two cars were too close to pass each other safely. The victim and the woman were side by side and words were exchanged through each driver's window. The argument escalated when the victim's husband and friend arrived in a separate car. They confronted the victim who was inside his truck and a physical altercation occurred while the driver was sitting in his truck. The victim pulled out his gun and one of the suspects tried to take it. The suspects then ran away and the victim drove away. The victim drove down an aisle that was a dead end and could not exit, so he turned around and tried to leave the parking lot. The suspect went to his car to retrieve a gun, went back near the front entrance of the Home Depot and fired shots at the black truck which was driving away out of the parking lot. There were approximately a dozen people in between the shooter and the victim in his truck. The bullets hit an uninvolved person's parked car. That person was not in his car. The victim never fired his gun. The victim had minor injuries as a result of the fight. No one was injured by the gunfire. Both parties involved have concealed weapons permits.



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