A man who aimed a supposed firearm at two students around 2 a.m. Monday on Holly Drive has yet to be found, said Lt. Chris Daniel, University Police (UP) spokesman.
The two USF students, whose identities will not be released until detectives complete investigation interviews, were walking along Holly Drive near Maple Drive when a light-colored vehicle drove slowly past them, Daniel said. The driver, a white male, allegedly produced a sliver, metallic-looking handgun and pointed it at the students. An exchange between the driver and the students took place before the vehicle fled campus.
Daniel said UP determined the vehicle was most likely a 1998 to 2000 silver Ford Focus. Before the exchange, the driver backed his vehicle into a roadway sign, according to one of the student witnesses, and the vehicle may have minor damage to its rear bumper as a result.
Neither student was injured and there was no indication that the incident seemed to be an attempt to take any property, Daniel said.
“The behavior of the vehicle made them feel uncomfortable and they commented on that, which I guess engaged the whole conversation,” he said.
He said he didn’t know what the conversation was about, just that there was “bantering back and forth.”
Daniel said there is some other information known about the suspect, but UP would not be releasing to the public.
“There are certain things we want to retain back so, in case we make contact with a potential suspect, we’ll know things the public doesn’t know,” he said.
Other law enforcement agencies, including Florida Highway Patrol, Temple Terrace Police Department, the Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office, were alerted with a description of the vehicle, but neither UP nor patrol units from other agencies were able to locate the driver or additional evidence.
In an email advisory, Daniel said anyone with information related to the incident should contact UP with tips at 813-974-2628.