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Parking lot shooting puzzles investigators

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An early morning shooting outside a Waffle House in Brandon Saturday left Hillsborough County detectives puzzled.

Investigators said Briana Reddick, 20, and three friends stopped by the restaurant to pick up some food at a little before 1 a.m.

While two of them were inside the Waffle House, Matthew Laine walked out of it and opened fire on the car, shooting about 15 rounds toward the car.

"It's point blank range and firing multiple rounds," said Cristal Bermudez Nunez, a spokesperson for he Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, adding one of the shots hit Reddick in the arm. "As she's running away, he shoots her in the leg as well."

A 16-year-old girl who was also in the car with Reddick suffered cuts on her legs from broken glass as she took cover behind the car.

Deputies said there were several witnesses who were able to identify Laine, 22, and his vehicle. He was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Bermudez Nunez said investigators don't think the shooter and victims knew each other and believe the whole incident might have been completely random.

"It's definitely concerning to think that something this random could occur, that you could just really be in the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.

The crime left some regular customers stunned.

"I was about to come [Saturday morning]," said Phillip Gelineau. "We were actually driving right by and I saw all the yellow tape and I saw the police cars and I'm like, 'we're not going to Waffle House tonight.'"

Gelineau said he feels lucky he hadn't stopped by the restaurant a few minutes earlier.

"If I had been here, who's to say he wouldn't have decided to start killing witnesses?" Gelineau wondered. "My reaction is horror. That's just something that you just don't expect to ever and the fact that it happened is terrible and I hope those girls are okay."

Both victims are expected to recover. Detectives hoped to interview Reddick Sunday to get a better idea how the events unfolded.

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