Two arrested in shooting near Hillsborough Hookah bar

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) — Two men have been arrested in connection with an early morning shooting outside a hookah bar in Hillsborough County.

Around 2:15 a.m., deputies responded to the corner of W. Waters Ave and Pinehurst Drive in Town-N-Country early Monday morning for reports of a shooting. According to investigators, Rudy Hernandez Jr was walking with his friend in the area when a male, later identified as 21-year-old Kafeel Robinson pulled a gun and shot the victim in the upper body before fleeing getting in to the passenger side of a vehicle and fleeing the area.

Hernandez made his way across the roadway before collapsing in a nearby parking lot in front of the Babylon II Hookah lounge.  The suspect’s vehicle returned, slowing in front of the business. A handgun was extended from the front passenger window and numerous shots were fired into the parking lot before the vehicle fled.

Two individuals sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot when the shots were fired. One of the rounds hit the hood of a their vehicle and lodged into the glass of the windshield. Neither of them were injured.

The suspect vehicle, driven by Gary Joseph, 22, was observed fleeing the scene.  A brief pursuit ensued before the suspect’s car collided with a patrol car.

Joseph was taken into custody.

Robinson fled on foot and was apprehended in the backyard in the area of Shenandoah Court after a deputy deployed his taser when Robinson refused to show the deputy his hands.

Both suspects are facing charges of attempted murder and discharging a weapon from a vehicle along with a slew of other charges.

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