Home invasion, shooting investigated in Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — A man armed with an assault rifle broke into an apartment early Monday, demanded money and shot one of the residents in a scuffle before fleeing, authorities said.

The suspect shattered the bedroom window of Apt. 12 at Candlelight Apartments just before 6 a.m. and awoke a man and woman sleeping inside, according to the Brooksville Police Department.

When the suspect demanded money, a struggle ensued, and the male resident was shot in the foot. Several rounds were fired before the gunman fled the complex, on Candlelight Boulevard just west of U.S. 41. He reportedly left in a vehicle with a loud muffler.

The suspect was described only as a white male. Authorities did not identify the victims, and there was no immediate indication that the couple knew the suspect, Police Chief George Turner said.

George Morris, a resident in the complex, awoke Monday to the sound of sirens and dozed off again. Morris, 51, said he later learned the injured man was the son of a friend who also lives in the typically quiet complex of one-story buildings shaded by oak and pine trees.

"She's very decent and friendly, and the kids are the same way," Morris said. "They have a lot of friends."

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Brooksville Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (352) 540-3800 or Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-8477.

Tony Marrero can be reached at (352) 848-1431 or tmarrero@sptimes.com.

Home invasion, shooting investigated in Brooksville 07/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 6:32pm]

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