January 30, 2012
Wimauma Man in Critical Condition after Shooting
Although the recent shooting in Wimauma was not random, Hillsborough County Sheriff deputies could not confirm that the shooting which landed 26-year-old Alejandro Rios in the hospital where he is currently in critical condition, was gang related.
According to deputies the shooting occurred on Sunday, January 29, at approximately 1:16 p.m. at 5219 Vernice St in Wimauma.
The victim was standing in the front yard of the Vernice St address when a gold or brown Dodge SUV drove by and the occupants of the vehicle, who are believed to be three Hispanic males, approximately 15 – 17 years of age, yelled out the window to the victim, calling him by name, deputies said.
The vehicle then stopped and the suspects—one of them armed with a handgun—exited the vehicle and fired several shots at the victim, striking him once in the stomach, deputies said.
Rios, who lives at 2600 W Lake Dr in Wimauma, was driven by private vehicle to South Bay Hospital and later airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.