Teen arrested in shooting of Tampa toddler

Jovaris Lundy, Hillsborough County Jail booking photo
Jovaris Lundy, Hillsborough County Jail booking photo

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Riverview teenager has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a toddler at a Tampa apartment complex earlier this week.

Jovaris Jose Lundy, 17, of Riverview was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and shooting into an occupied building.

Tampa Police Department investigators say the toddler was inside her family’s apartment when multiple shots were fired at the front of the house around 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The toddler suffered a gunshot wound to the right thigh and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She was released from the hospital on Thursday.

Police say the little girl’s father, Eduardo Avila, 24, was the intended target of the gunfire.

While outside the apartment, he was approached by some men who made threatening comments and gestures. Avila went into his apartment and, shortly after he closed the door, an estimated 15 shots were fired at the front door and in the area in front of the house.

One of the bullets that went through the front door ricocheted off a wall and struck Avila’s daughter. At the time of the shooting, there were four people in the apartment, including the father, mother, daughter and another child. None of the others were injured.

As a result of the investigation, police issued warrants were for two men. Lundy was arrested on Thursday without incident in the Robles Park area not far from where the shooting occurred.

Tampa Police are still looking for the other suspect. Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Delvin Soares.

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