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Brooksville man shot while mowing lawn; bicyclist arrested

BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man was shot three times while mowing his lawn Friday evening.

The shooting happened at 7:30 p.m. on Jacobson Road, north of the city, when a man approached on a bicycle and fired a handgun from across the street, the Sheriff's Office said.

Curtis Wesley Sanders, 45, faces a charge of attempted murder.

Two shots hit the victim in the left forearm and one hit his right forearm, reports state. He was taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Authorities searched for the shooter for an hour before locating Sanders at his Broad Street residence a half-mile away.

Reports state that Sanders saw the deputies and exited his yard with his hands raised.

In an interview with investigators, Sanders said he tried to kill the victim as retaliation but didn't elaborate, said Sgt. Jim Powers, a Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Authorities are trying to determine the type of firearm used. Doctors removed metal fragments that were possibly pellets from the victim's arms.

Sanders remained in the Hernando County Jail on Saturday in lieu of $250,000 bail.

His criminal record is extensive, including numerous convictions for drug-related offenses, battery and retail theft, according to court records.

Brooksville man shot while mowing lawn; bicyclist arrested 08/09/08 [Last modified: Monday, August 11, 2008 3:46pm]
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