Man at Busch Gardens hit by July 4 celebratory gunfire


By: WFLA Web Staff

​TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A man who was visiting Busch Gardens was hit by celebratory gunfire on the Fourth of July.

Tampa police responded to a 911 call around 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police say the man was hit by a bullet above the shoulder blade.

The man felt the bullet hit his shoulder and his wife saw that he was bleeding, so the couple walked to the Busch Gardens security office to get help.

The man, who is in his 30s, was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Tampa General Hospital.

Busch Gardens spokesperson Karen Varga-Sinka said the bullet came from outside the theme park. Busch Gardens released the following statement on Thursday morning:

“According to Tampa police, a guest of the park was struck by a stray bullet fired from outside the park’s property following a 4th of July celebration. The guest was transported to Tampa General Hospital and is in stable condition. We are working closely with the Tampa Police Department on this incident as the safety of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s guests, team members and animals in our care is always our top priority.”

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