A Tampa teenager was shot in the head during a late-night party at a Tampa apartment complex, the Waterford Apartments on Waters Avenue. According to the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office, over 200 people were in attendance at the party that took place in the apartment complex’s clubhouse. The teenage victim was identified as 19-year-old Eric Allen of Wesley Chapel, Florida. Allen was coherent, alert and able to speak to police after he was transported to the hospital. However, Allen was unable to tell deputies who shot him. According to detectives, someone started firing shots into the ceiling while inside the clubhouse. Most party attendees fled the scene after the shots were fired. If you would like to read more on this incident please see Tampa teen shot in head at apartment complex party.
Firearms are extremely dangerous weapons when fired by a person with poor judgment, poor safety awareness, or with the intent to harm others. Firearms should only be used under proper supervision and in places designated safe for shooting (e.g., a shooting range). The person responsible for firing the weapon in this apartment complex should be charged both criminally and civilly. Civil damages should include payment for the victim’s hospital expenses and personal injuries.