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YouthLink participants unaffected by shooting at Tampa hotel

TAMPA, Fla. (BP)–Three small youth groups attending YouthLink 2000 in Tampa were staying at the Radisson Bay Harbor where, on Thursday afternoon about 3:20 p.m., an employee shot and killed four other employees and wounded three other persons.

The man killed another woman several miles away when he attempted a carjacking and later was apprehended by police.

Phil Briggs, chair of the Tampa site committee and professor of youth ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said all youth and sponsors registered at the Radisson Bay Harbor have been accounted for.

Students across the country also had an opportunity to pray for the victims of the shooting during the live satellite link between the seven cities where YouthLink 2000 was being held simultaneously.

Students from Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas — the site of a tragic September shooting that claimed eight lives — were in town for the YouthLink event, but were staying in private homes, according to Briggs.

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