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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
Roger B. Handberg, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, March 10, 2023

Tampa Bowling Arcade Shooter Sentenced

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Barber has sentenced Cedric Durham, Jr. (22, Tampa) to four years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Durham had pleaded guilty on November 28, 2022.

According to court documents, on March 6, 2022, a shooting occurred at the Pin Chasers Bowling Arcade in Tampa. Durham was the initial target and after being shot at, returned fire. Law enforcement arrived on scene as individuals were dispersing from the area in fear. Durham was arrested shortly after the shooting, after law enforcement observed him leaving the scene. The vehicle in which Durham was traveling was stopped and a firearm was found in Durham’s possession. The firearm matched the forensic evidence at the scene indicating that Durham had returned fire using 30 rounds of ammunition.

Durham was previously convicted of a felony offense and, therefore, is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maria Guzman.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve, to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021m the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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