Mikeil Royal was fighting with his mom when he open fired on a crowd in Tampa, Florida

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Tampa, Florida -- A Tampa man is behind bars after an argument with his mother led to gunfight.

On Saturday, Tampa Police officers heard several gun shots near the Tampa Park Apartments and the entire squad responded to the location of Estelle Avenue and N. Scott Street.  Through a witness they were able to get a description of the two cars involved. 

An officer found one of the vehicles near N. 13th Street and E. 9th Avenue. The vehicle suddenly stopped at parking garage.  The defendant got out of the car and ran into the garage.

Police were able to arrest Mikeil T. Royal. Inside the vehicle was the handgun investigators say he used in the shooting.

The shooting began during a verbal argument between Royal and his mother. Royal fired rounds into the air during the fight and several bystanders intervened.

According to reports, Royal then fired several times at the bystanders, striking a parked vehicle as well as an occupied apartment located at 1710 Simon Court.  One of the bystanders -- who is still unidentified -- returned fire at Royal. No one was reported injured during the shooting.

Royal was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, shooting into an unoccupied conveyance, felon in possession of a firearm, resist arrest without violence, and discharging a firearm in public.  

Police also say Royal violated his probation for aggravated battery.

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