Shooting victim was a Tampa man

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 2, 2007


Police have identified the man killed in a Friday evening shooting outside an East Tampa home as Andre Coachman, 19, of 3201 E Caracas St.

Coachman was visiting a friend at 3220 E Caracas St. when a pickup truck approached and two people in the bed fired several rounds at him, hitting him in the head, then drove away westbound, said Tampa police Lt. Craig Sawicki.

The incident happened about 8:30 p.m.

When police arrived the victim was lying in the yard. He died en route to Tampa General Hospital.

The shooters are described as ranging in age from 13 to 19, in a 1990s Ford F-150 pickup with a silver bottom and tinted windows, Sawicki said. The motive for the shooting remains unknown.

4.9M gallons of water later, scrap fire out

A fire that burned 27 hours at the Trademark Metals Recycling yard was extinguished Saturday morning, Tampa Fire Rescue said.

The fire started Friday morning at the scrap yard at 4201 Maritime Blvd. in the Port of Tampa.

Fire crews used about 4.9-million gallons of water - an average of 3,000 gallons of water each minute, to douse the flames, firefighters said.

The fire burrowed deep into a huge pile of scrap. Firefighters worked with employees of the recycling facility to dig down to the base of the fire.

No one was injured.


Sprinklers douse fire at pool-supply office

A fire broke out at a pool-supply business Saturday morning but was quickly extinguished, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Capt. Bruce Delk said.

Firefighters arrived at Paradise Pool at 11645 Boyette Road to find that a sprinkler system had extinguished the flames. A hazmat team was called because of the chemicals in the building, but no chemicals were released, said Delk. Smoke and water damaged three buildings in the same strip mall, Delk said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Times staff