Update: Police have released additional names regarding the shooting. The two that were transported to the hospital are 20 year-old Danielle Allen of Tampa and 27 year-old Ransom Flowers of Tampa. While investigating the shooting, Tampa Police officers received information that Ronald Milliron, a convicted felon, was carrying a firearm at the park. Officers made contact with him and during a search they located a pistol in his jacket pocket and marijuana. Detectives are still working to determine what role Milliron played, if any, in the incident.
While several families were enjoying the day at Al Barnes Park at about 5:02 pm on Easter Sunday, a small group of individuals (not related) began to argue.
The argument escalated into a physical confrontation. One of the individuals produced a gun and began firing it at the group he was in conflict with, a second individual produced a firearm and he too began to fire.
The incident resulted in four individuals receiving upper body trauma. Two were pronounced deceased on scene and two were transported to the hospital in critical condition (both are stable at this time). The deceased individuals are 23 year-old Nico Charles Crawford and 17 year-old Zedmon Culpepper.
The names of the two victims that remain in the hospital will be released at a later time and date.
This was not a random act and TPD is following up on several leads.
The community is cooperating in order to apprehend all involved perpetrator(s). On a day when we should all be celebrating the Resurrection we are mourning the senseless loss of two young lives. This is the epitome of poor decision making!