Tampa Shock: Innocence Shattered as 4-Year-Old Girl Injured in Road Rage Shooting; Suspect Apprehended


A senseless act of violence during a road rage incident on Tuesday evening has left the Tampa community in shock, as a 4-year-old girl now finds herself hospitalized and grappling with the aftermath of this devastating incident. The Tampa Police Department responded swiftly to the distressing event, leading to the arrest of 34-year-old James Jackson, the alleged perpetrator involved in the altercation.

Tragedy Strikes:

At 6:13 p.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 3000 block of North 50th Street, per a Tampa Police Department news release. The young victim suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, a tragic outcome of a heated road rage incident that escalated to violence.

Swift Police Response:

James Jackson, reportedly driving a white Kia Optima, became entangled in a dispute on the road with individuals inside a white sedan. The situation dramatically escalated when Jackson allegedly fired shots at the occupants of the other vehicle, striking the innocent child who was seated in the rear.

Child Hospitalized, Suspect Apprehended:

Emergency responders quickly transported the injured 4-year-old to a nearby hospital, and she is presently in stable condition. Thankfully, the other individuals in the car – a man, woman, and another child – emerged unharmed from the traumatic incident.

James Jackson, the alleged shooter, attempted to flee the scene, driving away from the crime scene. However, police located his vehicle near 56th Street and East Hillsborough Avenue around 7:42 p.m.

Subsequently, law enforcement intercepted his car at Spectrum Boulevard and East Fowler Avenue, leading to his arrest. Police also recovered a gun reportedly thrown from Jackson’s car during the escape.

As investigators interview the 34-year-old suspect, they have not yet announced the final charges. The Tampa Police Department is actively pursuing a thorough investigation to uncover the details of this shocking incident. The motives behind the road rage dispute and the events leading up to the tragic shooting are under intense scrutiny.