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Spring Hill man charged with attempted murder after attack at party

BROOKSVILLE — A Spring Hill man was arrested Friday and accused of hitting a man in the face with a handgun last month and then shooting at him as the man ran away.

Naeem Rakim Johnson, 21, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was being held in the Hernando County Jail. No bail had been set.

According to the arrest report, Johnson started a fight with the victim at a party on Oct. 25 at 12102 Killian St. Johnson is accused of hitting the man in the face with a pistol during the fight, causing serious injuries.

The victim told deputies that as he tried to run away from the scene, Johnson fired several shots at him. None of the rounds hit the victim; detectives later recovered seven .45-caliber shell casings from the scene.

The victim's girlfriend confirmed that version of the events. Other witnesses at the party said they saw Johnson at the party and later heard the shots, but they weren't sure whether Johnson fired the shots.

Johnson, a convicted felon, ran away, but authorities caught up to him at a hotel in Pasco County on Friday and took him into custody.

Spring Hill man charged with attempted murder after attack at party 11/20/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2009 6:58pm]
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