Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Details emerge in shootings of two AWOL soldiers in Pasco

ZEPHYRHILLS — Pasco sheriff's deputies on Friday were still piecing together the details of two shootings involving a pair of soldiers who were AWOL from a U.S. Army base in Fort Drum, N.Y.

Motives in both shootings remained a mystery.

In the first, which occurred on Monday, 19-year-old Jason Hise was shot in the chest with a Colt .45 handgun near an old golf course on Wire Road and Ruth Avenue, according to Kevin Doll, the sheriff's spokesman.

Hise, of Zephyrhills, was in a medically induced coma at an undisclosed hospital, Doll said. On Friday, Doll said, his condition was improving.

Witnesses told Pasco deputies the person who shot Hise was Randall Ziegler, 19.

Then on Thursday, Ziegler himself was shot in the face in a field south of State Road 54 near Lane Road, according to the Sheriff's Office. A man named Christopher Sims, 18, was charged with Ziegler's shooting.

Sims told deputies that he and another unidentified man took Ziegler of Oklahoma into the field with the intent of "scaring him using a handgun," according to the Sheriff's Office.

Sims told deputies he fired the gun at Zeigler twice, unsuccessfully. The third time, the gun went off. Sims told deputies he left Ziegler for dead.

But Ziegler survived and went to a house nearby for help. He was taken to an undisclosed hospital, where he remained on Friday, Doll said.

Sims of Zephyrhills is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Ziegler told deputies that the three men were in the field hunting for mushrooms, Doll said.

Doll said Hise, Sims and Ziegler "all know each other," but was unsure how they met.

Sheriff's deputies informed U.S. Army officials they found Hise and Zeigler.

It's unknown why or when the men went AWOL.

A spokesman from the U.S. Army didn't return a phone call Friday.

Sims' grandfather, Dennis Michael, 71, of Zephyrhills, said he didn't see Sims often, but knew that he dropped out of Zephyrhills High School before graduation.

Michael said Sims wasn't in the military, and lived nearby in a duplex on Lane Road.

No one answered the door at Hise or Ziegler's homes on Friday afternoon.

Some clues emerge about Hise on his MySpace page.

According to the page, Hise was taken off of a ventilator on Friday, and may be released from the intensive care unit at the hospital today.

Hise, an infantryman, describes himself as outgoing, and said he enjoys watching movies and shooting pool. He said he is on a three-year hitch at Fort Drum.

An excerpt from the "About Me" section Hise penned on the page says "Live life to its fullest, live everyday as if it were your last cause for some of us it is."

Times Staff Writer Erin Sullivan and researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this story. Camille C. Spencer can be reached at cspencer@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4609.

Details emerge in shootings of two AWOL soldiers in Pasco 03/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 6, 2009 10:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. A 10-year-old's overdose death reveals Miami neighborhood's intense struggle with opioids

    Crime

    MIAMI — When 10-year-old Alton Banks left the community swimming pool on the last day of his life, he walked past the elementary school where he had just finished fifth grade.

    People walk through Miami's Overtown neighborhood on Wednesday. [Photo by Scott McIntyre for the Washington Post]
  2. Associated Press: U.S. to ban Americans from traveling to North Korea

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who passed away after falling into a coma into a North Korean prison.

    In this Feb. 29, 2016 file photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks as Warmbier is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea.  U.S. officials say the Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea following the death of university student Otto Warmbier, who passed away after falling into a coma into a North Korean prison. [AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon]
  3. Iraqi general who planned Mosul attack talks about liberation

    War

    Iraqi Gen. Talib Shegati Alkenani, the head of his nation's commandos and an architect of the plan to recapture Mosul, couldn't be happier during our telephone conversation last week.

  4. Earthquake jolts Greek, Turkish resorts, kills 2, hurts 500

    World

    KOS, Greece — A powerful overnight earthquake shook holiday resorts in Greece and Turkey, injuring nearly 500 people and leaving two tourists dead on the Greek island of Kos, where revelers at a bar were crushed in a building collapse.

    A partially destroyed building is seen after an earthquake on the island of Kos, Greece Friday. A powerful earthquake sent a building crashing down on tourists at a bar on the Greek holiday island of Kos and struck panic on the nearby shores of Turkey early Friday, killing two people and injuring some 200 people. [AP Photo/Nikiforos Pittaras]
  5. Plant High grad indicted in brawl on Delta flight to China

    Crime

    SEATTLE — A Plant High School graduate who fought with flight attendants and other passengers when he tried to open the exit door of a Delta Air Lines flight bound from Seattle to China has been indicted on five federal charges, prosecutors said Thursday.

    Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, 23, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on one count of interfering with the flight crew and four counts of assault on an aircraft. [Facebook]