Two teens shot in Tampa, one killed

- A teenager was arrested after a 17-year-old was killed and a 14-year-old was hurt during an east Tampa shooting.

Ronnie D. Thorton is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated battery, delinquent in possession of a firearm, and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

According to Tampa police, the shooting occurred around 6 p.m. Monday at 3615 Potter Street.  Officials say the 18-year-old shot into a maroon Volkswagen Passat with five people inside after an argument over stolen property. Two passengers,14- and 17-year-old boys, were hit in the gunfire.

The driver dropped the teens off at the corner of 21st Avenue and 17th Street.

According to Angie Hernandez, who was across the street at her mother's house, the driver identified herself as the 17-year-old victim's sister.

"She yelled he's shot! He's shot!" said Hernandez.

Hernandez, who worked as a CNA for 10 years, immediately ran upstairs to grab towels. She and another man applied pressure to the 17-year-old boy's wounds.

"He was lifeless, and he was pale. I pressed my lips to his lips, and they were just getting cold," said Hernandez.

By the time officers and paramedics arrived, they noticed the 14-year-old boy on scene with a gunshot wound to his foot.

Both teens were transported to the hospital. The 17-year-old was pronounced dead hours later.

"The boy was so young, and he could have been my son," said Hernandez. "I have an 18-year-old, and it could have been him. It was just very real," said Hernandez.

The names of the victims have not been released.

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