Plant High student shot walking home from football game - FOX 13 News

Plant High student shot walking home from football game

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Tampa Police searched for the gunman Saturday who shot a teenage girl as she walked home from the Plant High School football game the night before.

Detectives said Lauren Lastres, 16, was with a friend and was a few blocks from home when a car pulled up alongside them.

Police said a man in the car rolled down his window and "made a statement," which caused the girls to try to run away.

When they did, the person in the vehicle fired a shot, which struck Lastres in the calf.

"We heard the shot and then cars screeching," said Elle Spada, who lives at the intersection of West San Miguel Street and South Bendelow Trail, where the incident happened. "The two girls were in the grass across the street and the one was holding the wound in the calf of the other one."

Spada, along with her family and other neighbors, tried to help stop the bleeding while calling paramedics.

"I can't imagine that hitting an organ, or something. I don't know what we would have done," she said, adding she's relieved to hear police expect the victim to be okay.

Spada's son, Philip, was also at the football game and was just a few minutes behind Lastres and her friend.

"I was in shock. When at first I heard it, I didn't even believe it," the younger Spada said. "It's definitely going to be a big deal at Plant and they're definitely going to try and stress safety."

At a joint news conference with Tampa Police, Steve Hegarty, a Hillsborough County Schools spokesperson, said Plant's principal put out a phone message to parents notifying them of the incident.

"It was a nice night. It was after the football game. They were walking home. They ought to be able to just walk home on their own," Hegarty said. "We're all very concerned about it, but like I said we're all depending on Tampa Police. It sounds like they're doing a good job investigating it. We're going to help in any way that we can."

Investigators Saturday evening released a description of the suspect and his vehicle: A white male between 20 and 30 years old, possible wearing a red shirt and a black ski mask on his head, but not covering his face. He was clean shaven with a "chubby face" and driving a black four-door vehicle with dark, tinted windows.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (813) 231-6139 or Crime Stoppers.

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