TAMPA, Fla. -- Two men were shot and may be facing charges after gunshots rang out outside a packed beach foam party overnight at a Tampa bar.
- Two men shot after gun fight outside Tampa club
- Gunshots started around 1 a.m. between 2 men, club security shot them
- Two wounded men at hospital, likely facing charges
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, a gun battle took place just after 1 a.m. in the parking lot of the Green Gator's Bar and Grill at 9202 Anderson Road in Tampa.
Dozens of spent gun shells and weapons were left behind at the crime scene overnight, one of them equipped with a high capacity magazine.
Two men shot were rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital after they were shot in the legs. They are expected to make a full recovery.
But the two men shot maybe heading to jail after they are treated, according to authorities.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Danny Alvarez said Markis Carter, 28, and James Williams, 26, also were the gunmen doing the shooting. Alvarez said as the men shot at each other, security guards working the party rushed out into the parking lot and started shooting at them.
Moments later, deputies arrived to the chaotic scene.
"At this day and age, so if you are in a crowd and you hear shooting, I mean it was 4th of July, so maybe some thought it wasn’t shooting," Alvarez said. "But lets say you did, that is going to cause a level of stress and panic in anybody, especially with all the headlines we’ve seen and events we have seen."
A number of witnesses to the shooting are cooperating with deputies still investigating the incident.
Charges are pending against the two gunmen, not just for the shooting, but possible weapons charges against at least one of the alleged shooters – who is a convicted felon – and should not be in possession of a gun.