Tampa student is shot dead by driver when he accidentally got into the wrong car after celebrating his 19th birthday – but shooter is NOT arrested
- Carson Senfield had just got out of an Uber that brought him near his home on West Arch Street when he then tried to get into another car
- The driver inside that car said he was in fear of his life when he shot and killed Seinfeld, according to investigators
- Tampa Police Department said that the driver was not arrested – and it’s now up to the State Attorney’s Office to decide if the shooter was justified in his actions or not
A student was gunned to death by a driver after he accidentally got into the wrong car following a night celebrating his 19th birthday with his friends.
Carson Senfield, from Buffalo, New York, was shot dead at 1am on Saturday when he entered the stranger’s vehicle by mistake – but the shooter was not arrested for the fatality.
The University of Tampa sophomore, who was not known to the driver, was shot in the upper body after hanging out with his friends all evening.
The teen was pronounced dead at the scene in Tampa, Florida, and the unnamed driver is co-operating with the police.
He had just got out of an Uber that brought him near his home on West Arch Street when he then tried to get into another car.
The driver inside that car said he was in fear of his life when he shot and killed Seinfeld, according to investigators.
Carson Senfield, from Buffalo, New York, was shot dead at 1am when he entered the stranger’s vehicle by mistake, just one day after celebrating his 19th birthday
The University of Tampa sophomore, who was not known to the driver did, was shot in the upper body after an evening hanging out with his friends
The scene near West Arch Street in Tampa, Florida, where the boy was shot and killed when he entered into a stranger’s vehicle
Tampa Police Department said that the driver was not arrested – and it’s now up to the State Attorney’s Office to decide if the shooter was justified in his actions or not.
Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law permits people using deadly force to defend oneself if they believe they are in imminent danger. Unlike other states’ laws, you are not required to try to run away first before engaging in the deadly force.
Carson’s heartbroken father Darren Senfield told WGRZ: ‘To us, the details will play themselves out. We don’t have our son, we’re mourning, we’re heartbroken, we’re devastated.
‘It was a senseless tragedy that we’re still trying to figure out, but at this point, it doesn’t really matter, we don’t have our Carson with us.
‘We spoke with him two days before he was celebrating his birthday with friends on Friday evening.
The teen’s heartbroken family paid tribute to him after the tragic death
They set up a GoFundMe in a bid to create a college fund in his memory
‘He enjoyed his people whether they were in West New York or his people in Tampa. He was such a generator of great vibes.’
A friend of Carson, Jacob Skintges, paid tribute to the ‘brightest light in the room.’
He said: ‘From the moment I met the kid, the brightest light in the room. I mean, Carson could make anyone laugh at any moment.
‘I just want everyone to remember him as that because that’s what he was.’
A GoFundMe has been set up after the tragic loss, but his father said that the money will be used to set up a scholarship in his son’s name.
He added: ‘We will direct that (money to) a scholarship at a later date to make sure kids like Carson, kids that have that love for people have the chance to go to college.’
The University of Tampa said in a statement: ‘The UT administration is deeply saddened to report that a UT student was killed early this morning near the intersection of W. Arch and N. Munro streets.
‘Our heartfelt condolences go out to the student’s family and friends, as well as all who were affected by this incident.
‘The University values all members of the community and mourns this tragic loss.’
David Lillec, the superintendent of the Orchard Park School District where he graduated in 2021, said: ‘It saddens me greatly to inform you that the Orchard Park community has suffered a tragic loss as Carson Senfield, a 2021 graduate of Orchard Park High School, passed away today.
‘Given Carson’s wide circle of friends, and the fact that Carson’s two siblings attend OPHS, the Orchard Park School District recognizes that his passing has a far-reaching impact.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the Senfield family during this difficult time. Carson was a light in this world and will forever be a Quaker.’
Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law – what does it cover?
In Florida, you are allowed to use deadly force to defend yourself if you believe you’re in danger of being killed or seriously harmed by another person.
But unlike other states’ laws, you are not required to try to run away first before engaging in the deadly force.
People can use ‘stand your ground’ when they think there is a genuine reason they are about to be the victim of a serious crime.
But the statue states that it can’t be used to defend someone engaging in criminal activity.
People also cannot evoke the law if they are using deadly force against a law enforcement officer who is performance their duties.
You can only use ‘stand your ground’ if the person is in a place where they’re legally allowed to be – so someone won’t be able to use the law while they’re breaking into someone’s home, for example.
According to Florida Statues Chapter 776: ‘A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that using or threatening to use such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.
‘A person who uses or threatens to use deadly force in accordance with this subsection does not have a duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground if the person using or threatening to use the deadly force is not engaged in a criminal activity and is in a place where he or she has a right to be.’