A University of Tampa student was fatally shot after accidentally getting into the wrong vehicle.
The incident occurred on Saturday morning after the student went out with friends on South Howard Avenue.
According to the report, the student got out of his Uber and was dropped off at his home on West Arch Street. For some reason, once the student exited the Uber, he tried to force his way into another vehicle that was parked nearby.
The driver of that vehicle told police that he feared for his life so he opened fire on the student.
The student was shot in the chest and died at the scene.
In an email sent out on Tuesday, the University of Tampa responded to the incident:
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the student’s family and friends, as well as all who were affected by this incident. The University values all members of the community and mourns this tragic loss.”
The shooter remained at the scene and is cooperating with detectives.
The State Attorney’s office is investigating.