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Authorities try to untangle triple shooting in Shady Hills

Darlene Evans, left, hugs her sister, Tasha Evans, beside their uncle, Duane Young, at 18236 Oxenham Ave., in Shady Hills.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Darlene Evans, left, hugs her sister, Tasha Evans, beside their uncle, Duane Young, at 18236 Oxenham Ave., in Shady Hills.

SHADY HILLS — Tasha Evans stood on Oxenham Avenue Thursday morning, sobbing.

Family members consoled her while neighbors gathered nearby. Crime scene tape crisscrossed the long narrow road.

Detectives from the Pasco Sheriff's Office milled about. They were investigating a shooting that killed Evans' brother, Cory Lynn Evans, 21, and injured two others.

"He's a person who cared about people," said Tasha Evans, 23. "It's not fair."

Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a home invasion just before 5 a.m. at 18236 Oxenham Ave., just south of County Line Road.

Neighbors say the home has a reputation for drug activity. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll declined to release information on any previous 911 calls to that address.

"We're not releasing them at this time because it could pertain to the active investigation," Doll said. "We're not commenting on any prior history at the house."

Cory Evans of Hudson, had spent the night at the home to visit family, Tasha Evans said.

Cory's cousin, Kenneth Evans, 25, of Spring Hill, and an unidentified man — a "possible suspect," Doll said — were also shot at the home. Both were treated at a local hospital.

Doll wouldn't discuss a motive for the shooting or details about the unidentified man.

"It's preliminary information at this point — that the possible suspect is at least one person who broke into the house," Doll said.

Cory's mother, Donna Evans, said Kenneth Evans was involved with drugs. Records show he has been arrested numerous times, with convictions for grand theft, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Mrs. Evans said Cory was in the wrong place at the wrong time on Thursday.

"I think people were after him (Kenneth) for drugs or money, and they went in there to kill somebody," she said. "That's what they did. They weren't after Cory. He was just there."

Property records show the mobile home is owned by Chuck Lamberton — Kenneth and Cory Evans' uncle.

Lamberton, 23, wasn't at the Oxenham Avenue home at the time of the shooting, Doll said. Lamberton was arrested Thursday afternoon on a charge of simple assault on a law enforcement officer. He was held in lieu of $250 bail at the Land O'Lakes Jail.

Authorities try to untangle triple shooting in Shady Hills 10/16/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 23, 2008 6:19pm]
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