A birthday party on WO Griffin Road took a deadly turn last night.
One person was killed and three others were injured following a shooting at a birthday party Saturday night.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 7 after a gathering of approximately 60 people took a violent turn. The family gathering was inside a rental barn on WO Griffin Road and HCSO said a verbal dispute escalated into an exchange of gunfire.
Four victims were transported to area hospitals. One person, a 25-year-old man, died at Lakeland Regional Hospital. The three other victims were injured, but suffer non-life threatening injuries.
“A birthday celebration meant to be enjoyed was instead a nightmare,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news release. “Our detectives are conducting multiple interviews and processing the scene to determine what led to this violent encounter that ended with the loss of a life.”
All parties are accounted for and are cooperating with detectives. Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.