The man is an unlikely hero: he is an 18-year-old student, a migrant from Afghanistan, and the only person in his neighborhood to have escaped the Taliban, the Taliban’s brutal, al-Qaida-linked guerrillas.
The man has come to Tampa Bay to help his family with their mortgage payments.
But this is no ordinary neighborhood, or even a small town in Mexico.
A young woman and her teenage children have arrived in Tampa Bay on an international flight, just days after a man had shot a police officer to death and injured a fellow officer.
The woman’s mother, who lives in the small city of La Plata, said her son was the only one in her small neighborhood who was brave enough to try to get home from work.
She said her daughter’s life had been taken, and she was angry.
The young woman said the gunman had told her to go to the grocery shop and buy her groceries.
“I just wanted to take my life,” she said.
When she went inside the store, she heard shots fired, and a man in the back door shouted, “He killed him!”
The young man said he ran outside and that he heard another shot.
Then he heard more gunfire.
The gunman ran into the store and hid in a corner, he said.
He ran down the street, yelling, “We’re going to kill everyone, kill everyone!”
He was shot by another man, the man said.
A witness, who declined to give his name, said that he had been inside the grocery shopping area and saw what appeared to be a man lying in the street.
The witness said that the man, wearing an Afghan flag shirt and a long beard, appeared to have a gun.
The victim was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, the witness said.
The wounded officer, whose name has not been released, was treated and released.
The shooting prompted calls from both local and national news outlets, including ABC News, to call for a nationwide investigation into what happened.
ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos asked, “What happened to him?”
The gunman responded, “I did nothing.”
The young police officer who was shot is a native of Afghanistan and has lived in the Tampa area for 10 years, the police chief said in a statement.
“This is an attack that we condemn and stand against, and this attack is an assault on all who wear the uniform of the Tampa Police Department,” Chief Brian Dugan said.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dunning told reporters on Wednesday that the officer, a 19-year veteran, was the third officer shot by the gunman in less than a week. “
Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer’s family, the other officers, the community and the city.”
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dunning told reporters on Wednesday that the officer, a 19-year veteran, was the third officer shot by the gunman in less than a week.
Earlier on Wednesday, Dugan described the officer as a “lifetime” employee of the department.
He said the shooter was known to be angry and wanted to get revenge, but that the suspect never pointed a gun at officers or called 911.
“He was a good man,” Dugan told reporters.
He called the shooting “a tragic loss of life” and said the officer was not wearing a body camera.
The suspect was described as white, between 18 and 24 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds, according to Tampa police.
A suspect has been arrested in the shooting.
Dugan also said that Tampa police have interviewed about 10 witnesses, including a man who had previously been interviewed by police and had provided information about the man.
He also said the suspect was a transient from Pakistan.
Dugans statement said that there had been no other suspicious incidents at the store.
The officer was transported to a hospital for evaluation, Dugans said.
Tampa police also identified the gunman as 23-year old Ahmed Razaq.
A man who identified himself as the suspect’s uncle told ABC News that the gunman was not his nephew.
The uncle said the uncle, who was visiting from his home in the United Arab Emirates, was at the grocery when the shooting happened.
“The uncle said he heard a bang, and then he heard one gunshot,” the uncle said.
It was unclear how many shots were fired.
Police were investigating whether the shooter had a firearm, Dugasan said, adding that investigators would be “conducting a thorough investigation.”
A police officer from nearby Clearwater, Florida, told ABC affiliate WFLA that he was walking his dog when he heard about 10 shots and saw a white SUV driving away from the scene.
“It sounded like somebody was shooting,” the officer said.
WFLa reported that the SUV had tinted windows, but no one else was injured.
A police spokeswoman said investigators were not looking into whether the SUV was the shooter’s vehicle.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that