Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

New Port Richey man dies from gunshot wound

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 22-year-old man who was shot in the head by a friend died Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Jerome Leake went to visit Mathew Santos at 5145 Tilson Drive in New Port Richey on Saturday afternoon, a Pasco Sheriff's report states. Santos showed him a .380 semi-automatic handgun. Leake asked to hold the gun and when Santos refused, he reached for it. Santos fired a bullet into Leake's head, just above his right ear, according to the report.

Santos, 21, was charged with aggravated battery and was being held on Monday in lieu of $500,000 bail at a Pasco County jail.

An upgraded charge is pending, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Leake was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and, on Sunday, was listed in critical condition with no brain activity.

He was taken off life support around 4 p.m.

New Port Richey man dies from gunshot wound 06/10/13 [Last modified: Monday, June 10, 2013 8:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. AP: Rick Scott to name Jimmy Patronis CFO on Monday


    From the AP's Gary Fineout:

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is turning to a political ally and former legislator to take over one of the top jobs in state government. 

    Then state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City Beach, left, and Gov. Rick Scott, tour downtown Panama City, Fla. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Scott will name Patronis CFO on Monday.
  2. Despite Pride success, Grand Central business owners upset over losing parade


    The Grand Central District was packed with people Sunday, there to enjoy the St. Pete Pride Festival.

    Patrons eat lunch and cool off inside of the Community Cafe during the St. Pete Pride Street Festival along Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times

  3. Rays blow another lead, lose rubber match to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Orioles rallied past the Rays on Sunday, winning the rubber match of the three-game series 8-5.

    Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop (6) scores in the eighth in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  4. Tim Tebow heads back to Sunshine State with promotion to St. Lucie


    Tim Tebow is coming back to the Sunshine State.

    Columbia Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow looks out from the dugout before the team's game against the Augusta GreenJackets on April 6 in Columbia, S.C. Columbia defeated Augusta 14-7.
  5. 'Sharknado' coming to Tampa Theatre with director Q&A


    A movie about a tornado filled with man-eating sharks has to be better on the big screen, right? You'll have a chance to find out for yourself when the Syfy network's original Sharknado screens at Tampa Theatre.

    The original 'Sharknado,' which premiered in 2013, will screen at Tampa Theatre.