Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: New Port Richey man snuck into ex's home, pointed gun at her

NEW PORT RICHEY — The woman's relationship with William "Bill" Tooker had been over for a week, deputies say, when she came home early Monday morning and found him in her house.

She told him to leave, a Pasco sheriff's report states, but he stayed and made "jealous statements." He threw a ring, hitting her in the abdomen. She told him she felt threatened.

"You're not going to have to worry about it anymore," Tooker, 34, told her, according to the report. "You're not going to live much longer."

He walked into her bedroom and returned to the kitchen carrying a shotgun, leveled it at her chest and said, "Say good night, Lucy!"

The woman told Tooker to stop, the report states. He started to lower the gun, then swung the barrel up to her face level.

"No!" he said, the report states. "You need to say good night Lucy!"

The woman started to cry. Tooker hesitated, lowered the gun again, near her head, and pulled the trigger. The scatter missed her by several feet, instead blowing out a sliding glass door.

Apparently startled by the shot, Tooker told the woman, "I'm sorry, I was just a little trigger happy," the report states. He put the gun on the kitchen counter and started to clean up the glass from the door.

Because the woman is the victim of a violent crime, the Times is not mentioning her name, which is not Lucy. Deputies suspect Tooker pulled the line from a song or movie. Perhaps a mashup of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show sign off and I Love Lucy.

Deputies responded to an unspecified 911 call from the home on Davista Drive. They interviewed Tooker, who said he was playing around with the gun and it went off through the glass door. He declined to make any more statements. He was arrested on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.

Tooker, of 8348 Blueberry Drive, remained in Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday without bail.

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