Bakari Deonte Parks: Tampa man arrested after 4-year-old boy hit by stray bullet

TAMPA - A 4-year-old boy whose arm was pierced by a bullet as he walked with his mom near Spruce and North Oregon Street in West Tampa has been released from the hospital.

Late Monday, Tampa Police arrested 23-year-old Bakari Deonte Parks in the shooting.

"I just feel for the mother and the child so I hope they'll be alright," said resident Bertha Russell. "I got scared because my grandson go to Just Elementary.”

The stray bullet hit the child right around the corner from four schools including Just and Dunbar Elementary. Those schools were on mandatory lockdown just after 11 a.m. for more than an hour.

"They were 250 yards away. You know it took her time to even figure out what had happened,” said Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.

The two suspects shooting at each other, including Parks, got away.

We arrived minutes after the boy was rushed to Tampa General Hospital to find a line of police officers scouring the street near North Boulevard Homes for bullet casings.

"We need anybody with any information to come forward. Clearly having individuals shooting at each other at 11 o'clock in the afternoon in a densely populated area is very, very dangerous," said Chief Castor.

Russell drove over to pick up her 6-year-old grandson from school.

"People don't talk, tell the police officer what's going on in the neighborhood. So how can they help if nobody don't tell nothing?" said Russell.

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