Tampa, FL (WFLA) – Through tears and determination, Showanda Darns pleaded Tuesday for information on the shooting that killed her mother in her Tampa home. “If you saw anything, anything, just close your eyes and think,” she said. “I’m asking you from my soul anything you can remember from that night, from that morning – please come forward.”
Sharon Darns Watkins was killed in her bed over the weekend when bullets hit her house. As in other shootings in the city, Tampa Police have had trouble getting anyone to come forward with information.
“We need you,” Tampa Police Captain Ronald McMullen said Tuesday. “We need your eyes, we need your information.” Tampa Police now plan to use federal grant money to increase patrols in areas that have seen violence. McMullen said there have been 21 homicides in the city of Tampa this year, compared with 12 the same time last year.
“We often say well when it hits an innocent person, well maybe the community will help. When it hits an innocent kid or grandmother maybe someone will stand up,” McMullen said. “ Now that’s happened it’s become a broken record.” Darns also spoke directly to the community about the violence.“I’m begging y’all,” Darns said. “Please stop killing each other. Stop, it’s not worth it.”