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Man shot in driveway of suburban home

Published May 4, 2005

A Tampa man preparing to take his teenage daughter to school was shot this morning in his driveway by a would-be car thief, sheriff's officials said.

Robert Dammers, 53, was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover. The incident shocked neighbors who said they've never had anything like it happen in their affluent North Tampa neighborhood.

Sheriff's officials said Dammers was walking out to his blue pickup truck at about 6 a.m. when two masked men, possibly teenagers, confronted him in the driveway and demanded he turn over his keys, said Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

When Dammers refused, one of the suspects shot him once in the groin area. Both then fled the home at 10129 White Trout Lane, according to Carter.

Neighbors said Dammers called out to his daughter for help. She was still inside the garage when the shooting occurred and was not injured. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue workers took Dammers to St. Joseph's Hospital.

Deputies with K-9s searched the neighborhood looking for the suspects, who wore dark clothing. Helicopter units searched from the air, but the suspects are still at large, Carter said.

[Last modified May 4, 2005, 11:02:03]

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