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    By Times staff writers

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published October 29, 2001


    Man critically hurt in evening shooting

    TAMPA -- Police are investigating a possible shooting that left a man critically wounded Sunday night.

    Shortly before 8:30 p.m., police got an anonymous call telling them to go the 2600 block of 22nd Street, between 15th Avenue and Columbus Drive.

    Sgt. Dale Pricher said that when he and the other officers arrived, they found a white man in his 30s sitting in the driver's seat of a red Chevy Lumina. It appeared that the man had been shot in the head, Pricher said.

    The man, whom police had not identified as of late Sunday, was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was in critical condition.

    The car was parked in a lot near Bud's Supermarket at 2615 22nd Avenue N. It had out-of-state license plates, said Pricher.

    Weather contributes to calmer Guavaween

    TAMPA -- Chilly weather led to a relatively subdued Guavaween crowd this weekend, Tampa police said.

    Twenty-one people were arrested during the annual festival, and 33 people were kicked out. Ambulances were called to the area for 47 problems, and 11 people were taken to the hospital, said Tampa police spokeswoman Katie Hughes. She said fewer people attended this year's event than last year's, but did not have an exact figure.

    Last year, about 75,000 people went to Ybor City to celebrate.

    "Overall, it was a very good event, a safe event," said Hughes.

    Woman gives birth in airport restroom

    TAMPA -- It was an arrival of a different sort at the Tampa International Airport on Sunday.

    A woman gave birth to a baby girl at 8:12 a.m. in a restroom at airside C, authorities said.

    Brenda Lynn Cary, 29, gave birth in the restroom near Gate 37 in the Delta terminal, said TIA spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan. It was not known where Cary was from or whether she was flying in or out of the airport.

    An intensive care nurse and a OB/GYN doctor who happened to be at the terminal assisted with the birth. By the time 911 was called, Cary's water had broken. Tampa Fire Rescue responded and took Cary and the baby to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

    Woman dies in crash on Veterans Expressway

    TAMPA -- A 34-year-old woman died after she lost control of her car on the Veterans Expressway on Saturday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

    The woman, who was not identified because her relatives had not been told of her death, was driving north on the expressway when she lost control just south of Waters Avenue, troopers said.

    The car, a 1994 Mazda, spun around and flew into the median. Troopers said the woman was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is under investigation.

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