Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

Man shot in Spring Hill argument dies

SPRING HILL — A man who was shot during an altercation early Thursday has died, Hernando County authorities said.

Michael Alexander Challis, 34, of Spring Hill was taken to a local hospital after the incident, which occurred about 12:30 a.m. at a house at 6991 Pinehurst Drive, and died later in the day.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Officials did not suggest a motive. No arrests had been made, though authorities said there was no suspect at large.

The shooting was reported after an argument involving Challis and two other adult men, the Sheriff's Office said. Property records list Robert J. Asciolla Sr. as the owner of the house.

Gary Vanderslice said he was awakened by an argument early Thursday.

"It's a pretty quiet neighborhood," said Vanderslice, 51, who lives across from the scene of the shooting.

"The arguing got me awake this morning, and then I heard the shots. There were at least five. I was concerned."

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