Police say an argument between two groups in Tampa's Ybor City entertainment district led to gunfire that killed two people and wounded 18 others early Sunday morning. Chief Lee Bercaw says one male victim died at the scene and a second was pronounced dead at a hospital. One person has been detained for questioning. Police are reviewing surveillance video from nearby businesses and videos posted to social media.
"Its a tragedy what happened here today. The families have to wake up and see on the news what happened here tonight," said Bercaw. "We have to think about the families that were involved and the victims that were involved, and our hearts go out to them."
"What we know at this point is it was a disturbance or a fight between two groups and in this fight between two groups we had hundreds of innocent people involved, that were in the way," said Bercaw. "Our hearts go out to the families. Imagine waking up and hearing about this and knowing or being related to someone that was involved in this."
Ybor City is a historic neighborhood just northeast of downtown Tampa. Ybor City has been designated as a National Historic Landmark District, and several structures in the area are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, 7th Avenue, Ybor City's main commercial thoroughfare, was recognized as one of the "10 Great Streets in America" by the American Planning Association.