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Man tells Brooksville Police he was hit by gunfire while riding bike

BROOKSVILLE — As Shawn Fisher rode his bicycle down Russell Street on Wednesday evening, he told police, a car passed him heading west.

It was a black Pontiac, he said, maybe a Grand Am. Then, he explained, a red Chevrolet, maybe a Cavalier, approached in the eastbound lane.

As the two vehicles came near each other, they stopped. The drivers stepped out of their cars and began yelling at each other. Suddenly, Fisher said, the guy in the black vehicle pulled out a handgun and fired six or seven shots at the other man.

One of those bullets hit Fisher.

Brooksville Police received a complaint of shots fired about 6:10 that evening, but when officers arrived at the scene, they couldn't find any evidence of a crime.

Nearly an hour and a half later, Brooksville Regional Hospital reported to police that they were treating a gunshot victim.

When investigators arrived, Fisher told them the story. After being wounded, the 28-year-old said, he pedaled his bicycle home, got in his car and drove himself to the hospital.

He described the shooter as a thin black man with braids, standing about 5-foot-11 and weighing 160 pounds.

"Fisher concluded his interview by stating that he would not have called the police to report the incident, he would not testify in court," a report said, "and he wanted no further involvement with the investigation."

Fisher, who was released from Brooksville Regional after being treated for his wound, has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2003. He has been found guilty of battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence and multiple drug possession counts.

He was most recently arrested Sept. 6 on a charge of resisting a law enforcement officer without violence.

Police Chief George Turner said Thursday that Wednesday evening's shooting remained under investigation.

John Woodrow Cox can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or jcox@sptimes.com.

Man tells Brooksville Police he was hit by gunfire while riding bike 10/20/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2011 8:11pm]
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