A 14-year-old boy was arrested on weapons charges in connection with a Halloween weekend shooting in Tampa, Florida, in which two people were killed and 15 others were wounded by gunfire, police said Thursday.
Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw called the shooting, which occurred early Oct. 29, “completely unacceptable” and said no one that young should be carrying a gun.
The shooting occurred during a fight between two groups around 3 a.m. during the Halloween festivities in Ybor City, a Tampa neighborhood, authorities said.
Another person, Tyrell Stephen Phillips, 22, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, police said.
Police are still searching for seven other “persons of interest,” Bercaw said. Police released video footage showing them in circles.
The 14-year-old who was arrested Thursday is not among those seven because police already had leads on him, Bercaw said.
A 14-year-old boy and an adult man were killed. according to the police.
Officers at the scene saw the person, now identified as the 14-year-old, “displaying a firearm before fleeing the scene” of the fight and shooting, police said.
“There is no reasonable explanation for a 14-year-old to be in possession of a firearm,” Bercaw said in a statement.
Bercaw said at a news conference that investigators are looking into who fired the shot and how many shooters there were.
NBC News is not naming the 14-year-old who was arrested because of his age.