Statement for March 7th
TAMPA, FL (March 7, 2022) – Last night was an incredibly unfortunate and scary moment at the Pin Chasers’s Midtown location. There was a shooting incident whereby three involved with the shooting were injured, cars were damaged including two staff members’ vehicles, and door glass was broken. Tampa Police Department (TPD) was quick and decisive in their response and two involved have been arrested.
We are so grateful that there was no loss of life, that all our staff members and guests are safe. We will take the time to learn, reflect, review, and enact immediate change to find new ways to ensure the safety of our staff and guests.
- For the immediate future, we will open Midtown through evening league play only and close by 10pm.
- We are in discussions with TPD to have them on-site for off-duty work in the evening at all locations.
- Mental health professionals will be made available to our employees
Please know that all threats to the safety of our staff, management and wonderful bowling community are taken seriously and will be investigated thoroughly. We are cooperating fully with the Tampa Police Department in the investigation of this incident.
For nearly 65 years, we have served the Tampa Bay community and the City of Tampa. The Pin Chasers Midtown location is our first and oldest location and has served the West Tampa area and beyond for 64 years. We love our community and the neighborhoods we serve, as well as the family and friends that have trusted us since 1958. It pains us terribly to know that others would willfully endanger our staff and guests at this location where so many have had fun bowling with us over the years.
We will continue to work with our community law enforcement partners, like TPD, and create even stronger solutions to ensure the safety of our staff and bowling community. We look forward to continuing to be Tampa’s choice for bowling, food and fun.