Carson Senfield was a student at the University of Tampa in Florida who was shot after getting out of an Uber and trying to get into another man’s car.
At 1:20 am on September 17, 2022, Tampa police officers “were dispatched to the 1000 block of W. Arch St in relation to a subject who was shot,” the Tampa Police Department wrote in a press release.
“Upon arrival, officers found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound and were rendered.”
The shooter was not prosecuted.
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Tampa Police confirmed that “the single shot was a current student at the University of Tampa.”
According to witnesses, “The individual was hanging out with friends on South Howard Ave and had taken an Uber to his home near the 1000 block of W Arch St shortly before the incident. After exiting his Uber, the individual attempted to enter the vehicle of another adult male that was parked nearby. The driver, who knew neither the person nor the reason for entering his vehicle, shot the man, hitting him in the upper body. The driver said he feared for his life.”
Police stated: “The single shot died of his injuries at the scene. The shooter who stayed at the scene is cooperating with investigators.”
They added: “Due to Marsy’s law and the circumstances of this incident, neither the shooter nor the victim of the shooting are identified at this time. The public prosecutor’s office would decide on possible charges. No further details are available at this time.”
It’s not clear why Senfield tried to get into the other vehicle.
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $100,000 to help Senfield’s family.
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Senfield only had a single photo on his Facebook page of himself with friends. According to Fox 13 News, he was a New Yorker. He was from Orchard Park near Buffalo, New York.
A friend, Lillian Lechner, wrote, “The world has lost a truly remarkable young man in the tragic and heartbreaking death of Carson Senfield on Saturday in Tampa, Fla., where he was beginning his sophomore year at the University of Tampa.”
She continued, “Carson’s grandparents have long been an integral part of 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 children to emulate…always respectful, selfless, and dedicated to helping others, especially young athletes who looked up to him as a leader on the baseball field and on the hockey field.”
Sharing the GoFundMe page, she wrote, “Please pray for his extended family and consider helping, if you can, with the costs associated with bringing Carson home to West NY.”
A teacher wrote a tribute to Senfield on Facebook.
“I can’t process it. As a teacher, there’s nothing worse than hearing that one of your students has died…especially so,” he wrote.
“Carson was one of my children. On the first day of class, Carson jokingly asked if I would call him “Hurricane.” The name stuck for the year. He was a dope of a guy 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 an amazing young man and we will all cherish the time we spent with him and his family. RIP #carsonsenfield You are missed.”
Orchard Park School District Superintendent David Lillec told Fox 13:
“It is with great sadness that I report that the community of Orchard Park has suffered a tragic loss as Carson Senfield, a 2021 graduate of Orchard Park High School, passed away today.”
He added, “Given Carson’s large circle of friends and the fact that Carson’s two siblings attend OPHS, the Orchard Park School District recognizes that his death has far-reaching implications.”