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Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018
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Police: Man in video not a witness or suspect in Plant shooting

A man seen on a surveillance video recorded at Plant High School the night a student was shot contacted police but could not provide any information to investigators in the case.

He is not considered a suspect, police said.

Police released the video Wednesday hoping the man may have witnessed the shooting, which occurred near the school after a football game Friday night. The video showed him walking in a parking lot at Plant and inside the school’s stadium.

The man came forward and was interviewed by detectives. However, he did not witness the crime and could not offer any information to help in the investigation, police said.

The 16-year-old victim and another girl, 15, were walking east on West San Miguel Street near South Bendelow Trail about 10 p.m. Friday when a black, four-door vehicle with dark tinted windows stopped next to them, police said. Police said the driver rolled down his window, made a statement to the girls and pointed a gun at them, before firing and hitting the girl in the lower left leg and the teens ran away.

The teen was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Police described the suspect as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, and clean shaven with a chubby face. He was possibly wearing a red shirt and had a black ski-type mask on his head, but it was not covering his face.

Anyone with information was asked to call police at (813) 231-6130. Those who wish to remain anonymous and be eligble for a cash reward can call in tips to Crime Stoppers.

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