1 dead, 6 injured in Tampa bar shooting; suspect still at-large, police say

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Six people were injured and one person was killed at a Tampa bar Sunday morning after a fight broke out at closing time, according to Tampa’s police chief.

Chief Mary O’Connor said the shooting happened around 3 a.m. at the LIT Cigar & Martini Lounge on North Franklin Street.

According to the police, the shots came from a fight between two groups of people who spilled out into the street.

O’Connor said that based on witness information, the suspect left the bar and grabbed a gun before firing into the crowd. She said there may be another suspect in the case, although it is not known if there were multiple gunmen.

“The suspects have a clear disregard for human life,” she said during a press conference Sunday morning. “They opened fire on a crowd of people who were doing nothing more than partying here on Franklin Street.”

The only fatality was a man from California who was visiting Tampa for a wedding. The other six victims, four men and two women, were taken to area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.

“We are currently working with witnesses to develop leads,” O’Connor said. “We have not made any arrests yet, but again, we are working with an extreme sense of urgency on this.”

“We will not sleep until we have something concrete to put these violent criminals where they belong,” she added.

O’Connor said there is no public threat at this time.

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