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New Port Richey tattoo artist dies after being shot in head

NEW PORT RICHEY — A man who was shot as he closed his tattoo shop Tuesday night has passed away.

Clint Wilson, 40, was the owner of Cherry Bomb Tattoos & Piercings, 7618 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. At 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wilson closed his business and was shot twice in the head in the parking lot, authorities said.

There is a row of apartments behind the shop. People heard gunshots and called 911. Wilson died from his injuries Wednesday evening, said Capt. Jeffrey Harrington of the New Port Richey Police Department.

No arrests have been made.

Harrington said Wilson was not married. According to Wilson's MySpace profile, he loved dancing and believed tattoos are an art form.

It is not known if Wilson knew his attacker. Harrington urges anyone with information about the crime to call the lead detective on the case, Jason Engel, at (727) 841-4550 ext. 129.

Anonymous tips also can be left at (727) 816-1130.

He wants people to call "if they saw anything. Something that struck them as odd. Something out of the ordinary.

"No information is insignificant."

Erin Sullivan can be reached at

New Port Richey tattoo artist dies after being shot in head 04/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:15pm]
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