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New Port Richey woman faces attempted murder charge in shooting

A woman faces an attempted murder charge after authorities say she shot a man early Wednesday morning in New Port Richey.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies were called around 3:20 a.m. to a report of a shooting at 12900 Duchess Ave., officials said. When they arrived, they found 42-year-old Richard Allen Maki lying in the roadway with a gunshot wound to his left side.

Maki was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and was expected to survive, authorities said. Before he was hospitalized, Maki identified Stephanie Ballog, 36, as the person who shot him.

Deputies said Ballog, who lives at the house where the shooting happened, had argued with Maki, her friend, earlier in the morning in the kitchen of the home. After the argument, Ballog left the room, and returned with a handgun.

Deputies said the shooting did not appear to be domestic-related but they did know a reason for it.

She shot Maki in the side, officials said. The bullet pierced his torso and came out his back.

Deputies later found Ballog at 10454 Berwyn St. in New Port Richey, where she was arrested. She was booked in the Land O'Lakes Detention Center.

New Port Richey woman faces attempted murder charge in shooting 09/04/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:01pm]
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