Following the news about 12-year-old Diego Duran, who was struck in the head by a bullet on New Year’s Eve, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has received more than 30 tips from the community in reference to people shooting guns into the air.
While Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detectives followed up on all tips, they have all met with negative results.
In an effort to generate more specific and accurate tips from the community, HCSO has released some additional information:
1. The bullet that struck the victim is a .45 caliber full metal jacket
2. The shooter was most likely within one mile of the intersection of 14th Ave. SE and 6th St. SE in Ruskin.
3. The bullet struck the victim between 12:01am and 12:07am on Sunday, January 1, 2012
“Since the incident, Duran has undergone multiple surgeries and is continuing to recover at home,” said HCSO spokesperson Larry McKinnon.
Detectives are requesting if anyone was in the area of 14th Ave. SE and 6th St. SE in Ruskin during the times indicated and has information that could assist in the investigation; please contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS. You can also text your tip to 274637 (text CSTB plus your tip).