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One killed, one wounded in Sulphur Springs home invasion

TAMPA — A woman was killed and a man was in critical condition after two masked intruders entered a Sulphur Springs home through an unlocked door Sunday morning, Tampa police said.

A woman was with her 4-year-old child when the intruders burst in a house at 8214 N Brooks St. and ordered them to get down on the living room floor. Hearing the commotion, a man came out from a bedroom and tried to fight off the intruders, police said. At some point, a dog was let loose and attacked one of the assailants.

Shots were fired inside the house, but it remained unclear Sunday evening what happened during the shooting — and just who was shot.

"As far as who was the victim, who was the suspect, who lives in the house, it's all unclear," Tampa police spokesman Lt. D.R. Peters said. "There is an apparent home invasion. For what reason, we don't know."

Police responded to calls about shots being fired at 5:15 a.m. and found a man with multiple gunshot wounds on the sidewalk in front of a nearby house.

That man and a woman, whose names have not been released, were both transported to Tampa General Hospital, where the woman died from her injuries, police said. The man was in critical condition and unresponsive.

Forensics investigators and homicide detectives responded to the scene and police were obtaining a search warrant.

No arrests had been announced by Sunday night.

Caitlin Johnston can be reached at or (813) 661-2443.

One killed, one wounded in Sulphur Springs home invasion 12/15/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 15, 2013 10:40pm]
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