Reward offered in Hillsborough celebratory gunfire cases, 2 injured

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrests of suspects in two cases of celebratory gunfire that injured people on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Investigators with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office say the first incident happened just after 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Terry Wayne Snyder was riding his bicycle in the area of Deerfield Drive when he felt a sharp pain in his leg. He had been hit by gunfire. Snyder, 55, was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he was treated and released. He told investigators that he thought he heard fireworks doing off just prior to being shot.

Three hours later, just after midnight, Jesus Garcia-Renteria was standing in the front yard of a residence in the 6000 block of 1st St. in Wimauma. He was watching fireworks with some friends when a bullet struck his arm. None of the victim’s friends saw where the shot came from. Garcia-Renteria, 22, was also transported to TGH, treated and released.

According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office report there are no suspects in either incident.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000  for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the  suspect in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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