Ybor City shooting suspect Tyrell Phillips expected in court – NBC 6 South Florida

The man arrested in connection with the deadly shooting in Ybor City that left two people dead and 18 others injured is expected to appear in court on Monday, according to WFLA.

Tyrell Phillips, 22, was charged with second-degree murder.

“He made a statement that was inconsistent with the evidence from witnesses and community members, which led to us charging him,” said Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw.

A livestream of the incident captured the exact moment shots were fired as people in costumes celebrated on the streets in the heart of Ybor City.

In the video, dozens of people can be seen running and screaming for their lives after three shots were fired.

Another video posted to Instagram and shared with NBC6 shows people staging a stampede while running for cover. Some people hide behind pillars, others walk past them in the background.

Investigators believe videos recorded by witnesses led to Phillips’ quick arrest.

“It’s not just the victims, everyone here has experienced something very traumatizing. “Everyone is having fun on Halloween and then it turns into something terrible,” witness Nikolai Weingart told NBC6 affiliate WFLA.

Police said the shooting occurred after two groups argued during a Halloween party in the 1600 block of East 7th Avenue in the Ybor City neighborhood.

“It was a disturbance or a fight between two groups. And this fight between two groups involved hundreds of innocent people standing in our way,” Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw said during a news conference at the scene.

One man, Emmitt Wilson, said his 14-year-old son was one of those killed. Police have not confirmed the ages or identities of those who died, nor the injuries suffered by the victims, who were taken to area hospitals.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor calls for an end to gun violence.

“The vast majority of Americans support responsible gun ownership and also support common-sense regulations,” Castor said.

Wilson shares this opinion and wants justice for his son. “Please stop the gun violence. “The only way to stop gun violence is to stop the gangs,” he said.

According to prosecutors, Phillips is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday. Police said the investigation was ongoing and it was possible there would be more arrests.

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