Carson Senfield was a student at the University of Tampa in Florida who was shot dead after exiting an Uber and trying to get into another man’s car.
On September 17, 2022, at 1:20 a.m., Tampa Police officers were “sent to the 1000 block of W. Arch St in connection with a subject that had been shot,” the Tampa Police Department wrote in a press release.
“On arrival, officers found an adult man who suffered a gunshot wound and was being resuscitated.”
The shooter has not been criminally charged.
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The Tampa Police Department confirmed that “the individual shot was a current student at the University of Tampa.”
According to witnesses, “the person was hanging out with friends on South Howard Ave and had taken an Uber to his residence near the 1,000 block of W Arch St just before the incident. After exiting his Uber, the person attempted to get into the vehicle of another adult man parked nearby. The driver, who did not know the person and did not know why he was making his way into his vehicle, shot the man and struck him in the upper body. The driver said he feared for his life.”
Police noted: “The individual gunshot died at the scene from his injuries. The gunman, who remained at the scene, is working with detectives.”
They added: “Due to Marsy’s law and the circumstances surrounding this incident, neither the shooter nor the victim of the shooting are identified at this time. Any possible charges would be decided by the Public Prosecution Service. There are no more details at the moment.”
It is not clear why Senfield attempted to enter the other vehicle.
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $100,000 to help Senfield’s family.
The page reads,
Senfield had only one photo, pictured him with friends, visible on his Facebook page. He was a New Yorker, according to Fox 13 News. He was from Orchard Park, near Buffalo, New York.
A friend, Lillian Lechner, wrote that “the world lost a truly remarkable young man with the tragic and heartbreaking death of Carson Senfield on Saturday in Tampa, Florida, where he was beginning his sophomore year at the University of Tampa.”
She continued, “Carson’s grandparents have long been fixtures in the Olean Community and his father, Darren, graduated from Olean High before moving to Orchard Park. Carson was the kind of person we want our kids to emulate…always respectful, selfless and committed to helping others, especially young athletes who looked up to him as a leader on the baseball diamond and hockey rink.
Sharing the GoFundMe page, she wrote, “Keep his extended family in your prayers and if you are able, please consider helping with the costs associated with bringing Carson back to Western NY.”
A teacher wrote a tribute to Senfield on Facebook.
“I can’t handle it. As a teacher, there’s nothing worse than hearing one of your students die…especially like this,” he wrote.
“Carson was one of my children. On the first day of class, Carson jokingly asked me to call him “Hurricane.” The name stuck for the year. He was a goofball of a man and he will be sorely missed. My prayers are with the Senfield family ”
A friend wrote: “This is an absolute tragedy. Prayers for the Senfield family. Carson was such a wonderful young man and we will all cherish the time we spent with him and his family. RIP #carsonsenfield You will be missed. ”