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Parking dispute sparks shooting at Home Depot

TAMPA — Tampa police officers have arrested a man who shot at another man outside a Home Depot where a number of people were walking through the lot at the time of the Wednesday afternoon shooting.

No one was shot or injured in the shooting, which began after a confrontation when two vehicles passed each other too closely in the parking lot, police said.

Darrell Strong was charged with discharging a firearm in public, aggravated assault with a firearm and burglary for the purpose of a battery, police said.

The incident began when Raymond Lindstrom, 35, of New Port Richey, pulled out of his parking space in a black Ford pickup at around 12:40 p.m. at the Home Depot, at 1712 N. Dale Mabry Highway.

As he tried to exit the parking area, he drove near a gold minivan driven by Latasha Strong, of Tampa, in the parking aisle. The two vehicles got too close, making it difficult to pass safely, police said.

Lindstrom and Strong were side by side and exchanged words through the driver’s side windows, police said.

As the two exchanged words, Strong’s husband, Darrell Strong, 27, of Tampa, and his friend, John Christian, 40, of Tampa, pulled up in a separate vehicle, police said.

Darrell Strong and Christian confronted Lindstrom, who remained in his truck. The argument escalated and a fight broke out as Lindstrom was still in the driver’s seat, police said.

Lindstrom took out his gun, which Darrell Strong and Christian tried to take from him, police said.

Darrell Strong and Christian ran to their car. Lindstrom drove off, but he headed down a parking aisle that was a dead end, police said. He turned around and tried driving out of the lot.

Darrell Strong retrieved a gun from his car, police said, and went to the front of the store. As Lindstrom drove by, Darrell Strong fired two shots at the pickup, police said. Two bullets hit an unoccupied white Toyota Corrolla that belonged to someone not involved in the incident. The bullets knocked out the back and a side window.

Police estimate there were about a dozen people between the shooter and the truck when the shots were fired.

No one was shot or injured, police said.

Both Lindstrom and Darrell Strong have concealed weapons permits, police said.

Christian was charged with burglary for the purpose of a battery, police said.

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