By Matt Wiley | @NTWCNews
Firing a weapon from a car is a felony. Firing a gun into a business after making racial slurs towards an employee can get a person into even more trouble, especially if the bomb squad is called in to respond, as one New Tampa man has learned.
According to the Tampa Police Department (TPD), at 12:14 a.m. on August 21, Clay Sidney Allred, 29, of the Amberly Place apartments in Tampa Palms, walked into the Mobil station at Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. and E. Fowler Ave. and ended up in an argument with a store employee, identified as Hassan Qadratullan, 28, of Tampa.
During the argument, TPD reports that Allred allegedly made racial slurs about Qadratullan’s Arabic ethnicity. Following the argument, the report says that Allred got into his red Jeep Wrangler and backed out of his parking space, but stopped in front of the store. He then pulled out a gun and fired three shots into the store, hitting no one, and drove away.
At the same time, two TPD officers were in the vicinity of the Mobil station and responded within seconds of hearing the shots and immediately put out the description of Allred’s Jeep. Another TPD officer spotted Allred making a U-turn at BBD and E. Fowler Ave. and followed him until enough units caught up with him to pull Allred over at E. Fletcher Ave. and Magnolia Dr.
Allred was taken into custody and his vehicle was searched. The report says that two pistols were in plain sight, along with an AR-15 assault rifle and additional military equipment. Before searching further, TPD called in the Bomb Squad to finish the search, which did not turn up any explosives, but found ammunition, knives, an axe, camouflaged vests and a helmet, as well as a white mask and baseball bat.
Allred was charged with aggravated assault (a hate crime), shooting from a vehicle and criminal mischief. At our press time, he remained in custody in lieu of a $15,500 bond.