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Man shot in Tampa after confronting hit-and-run driver, deputies say

A Pennsylvania man was shot early this morning after chasing and confronting a driver who rear-ended his SUV and fled, deputies said.

A third man who drove up to the scene and exchanged gunshots with the victim before leaving, was later detained by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. after an unidentified man was removed from the Till Dawn Bottle Club, 8205 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., and drove away in a black Dodge Challenger, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.

The man drove north on North Dale Mabry and struck the back of a Chevrolet Yukon, driven by Alexander Sierra, 27, of Reading, Pa., the report said.

The driver of the Challenger then left with Sierra following, deputies say. The Challenger traveled east on West Waters Avenue then north on North Himes Avenue, where he lost control and struck a wall next to a convenience store, according to the report.

Sierra got out of his SUV with his brother to confront the driver of the Challenger, who also stepped out of his car, deputies said.

At that time, a man in a Camaro arrived at the scene and exchanged gunshots with Sierra before fleeing, deputies said.

Sierra was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital with a gunshot wound, deputies say. His condition was not released.

Tampa police found the driver of the Camaro at Exit 1 of Interstate 4 and turned him over to the sheriff’s office, deputies said.

His identification was not released.

The driver of the Challenger fled and is still being sought, deputies said.

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