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New Port Richey man dies after he's shot from behind

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 22-year-old New Port Richey man died Sunday morning after he was shot three times in the back outside a Griffin Park mobile home.

Joshua Gene Coggins was shot near the rear of a home at 9106 Rye St. about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Sheriff's Office. Coggins was flown to a local hospital, where he died a few hours later.

Pasco investigators want to question Jason Brian Waterhouse, 17, and his girlfriend, Samantha Rose Acosta, 18, both of 11550 Altoona Ave., about the shooting.

"Altoona is right around the corner from Rye Street in the Griffin Park area," said Kevin Doll, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. "What their involvement in this is, we don't know. That's what we want to talk about at this point."

Neither relatives nor neighbors of Coggins could be immediately reached for comment Sunday. And no one could be reached at the mobile home at 9106 Rye St., which is owned by a trust company based in Tampa, according to property records.

Coggins, who lived nearby at 9424 Teak St., had had several run-ins with Pasco authorities. He was most recently arrested Feb. 1, charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and marijuana possession. Deputies said Coggins, who they believe had been involved in gang activity in the area, kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach at a Checkers restaurant on State Road 52 in New Port Richey.

Coggins also faced charges of burglary in October and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in June 2006.

As a resident of Teak Street, Coggins lived on the infamous New Port Richey road where neo-Nazis were linked to a notorious stabbing murder in March 2006. The white supremacist group once maintained an active compound on the street.

Doll said Coggins appears to have no affiliation with the group.

"He may have had some run-ins with them, but I don't have any evidence or information to indicate" he was a member, Doll said.

The Sheriff's Office has asked that anyone with information about the case or the whereabouts of Waterhouse and Acosta call Detective Chris Beaman toll-free at 1-800-854-2862.

Joel Anderson can be reached

at joelanderson@sptimes.com

or (352) 754-6120.

New Port Richey man dies after he's shot from behind 04/13/08 [Last modified: Sunday, April 20, 2008 12:12pm]
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