Grandmother speaks out against unknown drive-by shooter

- Tampa Police are searching for the person who opened fire outside a home in Tampa, riddling the house with bullets and injuring a teenager, investigators said Tuesday.

Gwendolyn Bryant, 64, said her 18-year-old grandson, Marco Bryant Jr., was sitting on her porch with a friend at about 3 a.m. Saturday when someone purposefully rammed her grandson's car, which was parked in front of her house on 16th Street.

"I don't know what's going on. I was asleep when I heard the car crashing," Gwendolyn said.

Tampa police said the victim responded by throwing softballs at the vehicle, which drove away.

Several minutes later, however, the same dark-colored minivan returned and someone opened fire.

"I said, 'somebody is shooting up my house!'" Gwendolyn said. "I fell on the floor. By the time I fell on the floor, a bullet came through my room and went through the wall."

Marco was hit in the arm and leg, but is expected to be okay.

Gwendolyn said there were six people at her home when the shooting happened, including two other grandchildren -- 5- and 8-years old.

"I'm scared now. I can't sleep. I can't sleep," she said through tears. "I'm scared somebody is going to come by and shoot one of my grandkids."

Three days later, the family was still finding bullets around the house. Gwendolyn said someone even called one of her relatives and threatened to kill everyone in the home if they spoke about what happened.

She said, however, it was important to come forward to try to help police make an arrest.

"I don't know you. I don't care to know you. Just let me rest in peace with my grandchildren and my children," she said, speaking as if she was talking to the shooter. "I want everybody in Tampa to know, if they know who this guy is, please help me because I can't live like this."

Police said they are following up on "strong leads" and don't believe the shooting is random.

The grandmother said she doesn't believe anyone would have a reason to shoot at any of her loved ones.

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