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Security guard shot at Tampa apartment complex

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The talk this morning is still about last night's violent shooting that sent a security guard from the Royal Oaks Apartments to the hospital.

Alexia Drapola watched as police and fire trucks surrounded her apartment complex.

"My husband and I heard five gun shots then a pause then three gun shots," Drapola said.

She heard a 49-year-old security guard had been shot, and says she knew right away who it was.

"Very nice guy. My son talks to him, former military, always polite and very kind," Drapola said.

Ammar Alnueimy was making his rounds when he spotted two men trespassing and told them to leave. One of the men pulled out a gun and fired several shots.

One bullet hit him in the chest; another in the hand.

The suspects got away.

Ammar works for a security firm in Tampa. While he is expected to survive, two other guards who faced similar encounters at apartment complexes did not.

Kevin Vigh is with Critical Intervention Services, which employed the two guards who died.

"That first contact, that proactive interaction for security officers, is very dangerous," Vigh said.

He says training is critical in a job where every contact you make... can turn violent.

"You can have career felons or you can have people that have firearms or illegal substances that don't want to go back to jail," Vigh said.

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