HCSO recovers firearms from teens involved in shootout.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has arrested multiple teenagers seen on video engaging in a shootout on Monday morning in Tampa.
At 10:54 a.m. on Monday, June 8, Marqueas Williams, 16, and Gregory Turner, 16, were seen riding a bicycle and a scooter past a group of eight other juveniles near the intersection of E 138th Avenue and N 15th Street in Tampa when a verbal altercation occurred.
Ricardo Orta, 17, and several other teenage males began chasing Williams and Turner. As Williams and Turner fled, one of them shot towards Orta with a 9mm handgun. Orta returned fire with a .22 caliber revolver. One of Orta’s friends was also seen with a replica Glock BB gun. With the help of Eye On Crime (EOC) cameras, the incident was captured on video.
After reports of gunfire, deputies located Orta along with multiple other juveniles in an apartment on the 1500 block of E 138th Avenue. The .22 caliber revolver and the replica Glock BB gun were found inside the apartment.
Orta was arrested and charged with minor in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm and discharging a firearm in public.
Through investigative measures, on Tuesday, June 9, deputies were able to locate Williams and Tuner riding the same bicycle and scooter in the area of N 15th Street and E 122nd Avenue. They were followed to a vacant apartment on the 1300 block of E 127th Avenue.
When deputies knocked on the front door, Williams jumped out the back window with a 9mm handgun in his hand. He dropped the gun in an adjacent apartment complex. Deputies arrested Williams after a short foot pursuit. Turner was arrested within the apartment for an outstanding warrant. A .380 caliber handgun was found hidden within the apartment.
Williams was charged with minor in possession of a firearm, reckless display of a firearm, armed trespassing, resisting without violence, and attempted tampering with evidence.
Turner was charged with trespassing, in addition to his warrant for armed burglary of a dwelling, grand theft of a firearm, and minor in possession of a firearm.
“This is the kind of work that deputies do each day silently, without recognition, in an effort to make Hillsborough County a safer place for all of us to live. I’m proud to say that through good investigative work, we were able to take guns out of the hands of these violent teenagers,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “It’s disturbing that these are juveniles who were carrying around firearms, shooting at each other in broad daylight and putting innocent lives in harm’s way. Every day our deputies are striving to clean up our streets, one encounter at a time.”