BRANDON, Fla. (WFLA) — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded to an incident at the Chuck E. Cheese in Brandon on Saturday.
According to a release from the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to multiple calls reporting shots fired at the Chuck E. Cheese at 1540 W. Brandon Blvd. at around 5 p.m. HCSO said it all started with an altercation inside the restaurant.
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A private security guard was trying to get the crowd to take the fight outside when a woman pulled out a gun “inside the vestibule of Chuck E. Cheese”. HCSO said the guard tried to get the gun away from her, but she dropped it outside the building.
The sheriff’s office said another woman picked up the gun and fired at least one shot into the air. She also lost possession of the gun. A third woman picked it up and placed it inside of a light grey Chevrolet Traverse.
HCSO said all three women were taken into custody and no shooting victims were located. A man involved in the altercation was also taken into custody.
The sheriff’s office said a white Audi crashed into the front of the building while the group was fighting. Two women and a child were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. HCSO said a male driver was also taken to the hospital, but deputies aren’t sure how he was involved with the incident.
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“I am grateful that nobody was seriously injured as a result of this incident,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Thanks to the swift and considerable response from our deputies, we have been able to quickly track down those responsible and take them into custody while the investigation continues into what led to today’s events.”
Chuck E. Cheese provided the following statement to News Channel 8:
We are aware of the incident that occurred on Saturday, September 24, at our Brandon, FL location, where a vehicle crashed into our storefront. We want to assure our guests that we take great measures to protect the experience children and families have in our venues. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority. The General Manager onsite and our team members acted quickly to alert local authorities and secure medical attention for those involved. We are thankful for the dedicated service of community law enforcement and the swift actions of our alert team members and security. We are cooperating with the police during their ongoing investigation and cannot offer additional details at this time.Chuck E. Cheese