Sunday, June 17, 2018
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Masaryktown man charged with attempted murder in shooting

MASARYKTOWN — An argument outside a Masaryktown home led to a gunshot wound for one man and the arrest of another on a charge of attempted murder, according to Hernando County authorities.

At about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Tina Leanne Hall, 26; Nicholas Leverich, 25; and Stephan Murphy Jr., 26, drove up to a home at 406 Washington Ave. that belonged to Murphy's father, Stephan Murphy, 55. The father and son were known to have a volatile relationship, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Murphy Jr. and Leverich went to the house while Hall waited in the car. When Murphy Sr. learned that Leverich and his son were at the house, he became "irate," according to the release, and Murphy Jr. and Leverich walked back to the car.

Murphy Sr. ran toward them holding a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun and pressed the gun to Hall's head, demanding the keys, according to the release. He then reached into the vehicle and turned off the car while Hall pleaded for him not to shoot.

He then pointed the gun at Leverich, who apologized for any trouble, according to the report. Leverich opened the car door and got out while Murphy Sr. spoke of an incident from two years ago, telling Leverich he should have "chopped his head off when he had the chance," according to the release.

Murphy Sr. continued pointing the gun at Leverich while pushing him with his right hand toward the back of the car, the release said. He fired a single shot at the right side of Leverich's chest, then stood over Leverich and continued insulting him, the release said.

After deputies arrived at the scene, Leverich was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to the release.

Deputies arrested Murphy Sr. on charges of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm. He was taken to the Hernando County Detention Center, where he remained Wednesday in lieu of a $55,000 bail.

Contact Kathryn Varn at (352)754-6114 or [email protected] Follow @kathrynvarn.

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