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Security heightened at Plant High homecoming game

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's homecoming at Plant High School, but the big game comes just one week after a teenager was shot walking home during halftime last Friday.

Cheers and chants are the normal sounds surrounding Plant Panther football games. But last Friday, gunfire rattled the tight-knit neighborhood surrounding the school.

"I was completely shocked. I never thought something like that would happen at Plant," Plant High School student Dana Rowley said Friday.

A 16-year old girl was shot in the leg while walking home from the game with a friend last Friday. A man in a dark vehicle, partially wearing a ski mask approached the girls, made a statement, and then shot at them when they started to run.

One week later, Tampa police still haven't named a suspect.

Still, Principal Rob Nelson assured the school was secure for Homecoming game. Marked and undercover patrols covered every nook and cranny of the campus.

"I sent a ParentLink out, which is the mass phone call yesterday afternoon, just reassuring them that we were working with Tampa Police Department, saying obviously it's safe, not to worry about it," Nelson said at Friday night's game.

Tampa police promise they are making strides in getting their guy.

"We're not there yet, we're not ready to make an arrest, but we do feel like we're making progress on the case," Tampa Police Department's Laura McElroy said Friday afternoon.

The teenager that was shot is doing much better and is home from the hospital.

Police say they had no reason to believe there was any threat of violence at this Friday's game, but they were taking every precaution to make sure everyone could sit back and enjoy the game.

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