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New Port Richey tattoo parlor owner shot in head

NEW PORT RICHEY — As Clint Wilson closed his tattoo parlor at about 11:30 Tuesday night, someone shot him twice in the head.

Wilson, 40, owns Cherry Bomb Tattoos & Piercings, 7618 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey.

"His injuries are life-threatening," said Capt. Jeffrey Harrington of the New Port Richey Police Department.

He would not give details about leads on who might have shot Wilson — whether a stranger tried to mug him as Wilson closed his shop or whether it could have been someone who knows him.

Harrington urged anyone with information to call Detective Jason Engel at (727) 816-1130. He said tips can be left anonymously.

There is a row of apartments behind the red Cherry Bomb building. Harrington said people there heard the gunshots, called 911 and found Wilson in the parking lot.

Wilson's MySpace profile talks about how tattoos are an art form and says "we do it because we love to."

"Sales, service and the best possible art work is my mission," wrote Wilson, who is a tattoo artist.

The parlor was closed Wednesday. No one answered at the apartments nearby.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com.

New Port Richey tattoo parlor owner shot in head 04/22/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 9:41pm]

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