Friday, January 19, 2018
Public safety

Deputies investigating fatal shooting in Land O'Lakes

LAND O'LAKES — A 26-year-old man was shot early Friday at a marijuana grow house, then taken to the hospital, where he died. Pasco sheriff's deputies are now investigating the case as a homicide.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was at a home at 8003 Sequester Loop early Friday with another man when he was shot in the stomach, according the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. At 4:16 a.m., another person called 911 to say the victim had been shot and would be at a 7-Eleven at 2400 U.S. 41. Deputies arrived three minutes later to find the victim, who had been driven to the convenience store by the other man.

Deputies later went to the home on Sequester Loop and found a grow house.

"The motive for the shooting appears to drug related," the Sheriff's Office said in a press release.

The victim was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's North in Tampa, where he died. Deputies have not released the victim's name because his next of kin is out of the country and has not yet been notified.

Investigators on Friday were questioning the other man about the shooting. They have not released his name, either.

Though the case is now listed as a homicide, sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said, deputies "are not talking about any suspects."

Times staff writer Laura C. Morel contributed to this report.

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