Another Ybor City shooting raises concerns about violence in historic district

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A shooting in Ybor City late Tuesday night is once again raising concerns about violence in the historic district.

Tampa police arrested Octavius Dunbar, 26 after they say he fired shots in the air during an altercation on 7th Avenue.

No one was injured, but the incident comes just a few months after two people were killed and 16 injured in a mass shooting in the neighborhood.

Cellphone video shows confrontation between groups that led to Ybor mass shooting

Some people say they no longer feel safe in Ybor late a night.

“I do not,” said David Brine. “Because of recent events and there’s a lot of kids around here that shouldn’t be here at that time of night.”

Police held a round table discussion Tuesday night to talk about the possibility of a curfew. The discussion was held before the latest shooting, and few people attended.

The family of 20-year-old Harrison Boonstoppel was there. He was one of the two people killed in the October shooting.

Harrison Boonstoppel’s family staying positive amidst pain

His sister says her family would be in favor of a curfew if it would help.

“My twin was killed in the Ybor City shooting, on Oct. 29, but here are some thoughts that we have. We are in favor of a curfew if it helps,” said Ava Boonstoppel.

Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw said it’s difficult to know if a curfew would help or not.

“In Miami-Dade, they found it was a deterrent. In Atlanta, they found that it reduced crime, but we did find in other cities where it wasn’t effective,” Bercaw said.

The Tampa City Council is scheduled to discuss the curfew at their next meeting.

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