Friday, June 22, 2018
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Pasco deputies: Dade City gunman fired off text message seeking alibi

DADE CITY — One man has been arrested and another suspect remains at large in the shooting of a Dade City man Thursday night.

Deputies say two men burst into the home of 23-year-old Earon Hicks about 11:44 p.m. Thursday, and one of them fired four shots. Hicks was hit in his right shin and foot.

Even though he was wounded, Hicks managed to escape the home at 14838 Porter St. and called 911. He was taken to an undisclosed hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Hicks told deputies the gunman was Sinclair James Davis, 22, someone he has "personally known … for a long time," according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. When detectives found Davis and arrested him, they also confiscated his phone, which contained a text message seeking an alibi, the report said.

Detectives are investigating the shooting and did not release information about possible motive for the attack.

Davis, of Dade City, was charged with attempted homicide, residential burglary and violation of probation. He had been sentenced in May 2011 to two years of probation for robbery by sudden snatching.

The second man has not been found. Anyone with information can contact the Pasco County Sheriff's Office Crime Tips line, toll-free, at 1-800-706-2488.

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