VALRICO, Fla. — A drive-by shooting Tuesday afternoon left a Valrico neighborhood shaken, parents in particular, as the incident occurred as children were getting home from school.
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Resident Jennifer Keller said she and her daughter Emily were in their front yard when the incident took place a block away. She said the car with the shooter sped right by their house.
"I mean, all it takes is for them to lose control or them to see people out and decide they don't want witnesses or anything of that sort," Keller said. "Kids can get hit by a car, we could have gotten shot at, anything can happen at that moment."
Many families live in the Bloomingdale East neighborhood. But the streets were quiet and empty following the incident, as parents were keeping their children inside.
"Our kids can't come out and play because we don't know what's going to happen or if there's going to be retaliation or I mean, this is, we just don't know," Keller said.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said they are charging Logan Hartwell, 22, with attempted murder in the second degree and direct discharge of a firearm from a vehicle. A teenage passenger in the car was charged with tampering with physical evidence.
An agency spokesperson told us Hartwell and his intended target had an ongoing dispute.
The shot hit a house, but no one was injured. The intended victim declined to speak to us.
Keller, meanwhile, said the incident scared her daughter, and that she'd like to see more neighborhood patrols.
Most importantly, she said she wants her children to be able to focus on "kid's stuff" like rainbow colored hair and tossing a ball back and forth, and not have to worry about gunshots ringing out in their neighborhood.
"Last night at dinner [Emily's] prayer at dinner was, "thank you God for not letting anybody shoot into our house," and she's four," Keller said.