Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Public safety

Two hospitalized after shooting in New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY — Police are investigating the case of a shooting near a Dunkin' Donuts on Thursday night that sent two to a hospital.

New Port Richey police received a call about the shooting around 9 p.m.

One victim ran to the Dunkin' Donuts at Gulf Drive and U.S. 19 for help.

Officers found the other victim nearby.

They were shot as an older beige or tan Buick with two men and a woman inside drove by the 5600 block of U.S. 19, police said.

The victims were taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with critical injuries, police said.

The victims were lucky to be alive, said Chief James Steffens. He declined to give detailed information, but said one victim was shot multiple times.

"This shooting clearly could have resulted in two homicides," Steffens said.

He said detectives are "pursuing very active leads."

"We need to get these subjects off the streets," he said.

Steffens said he believes the shooter and victims, who are known to each other, were involved in a dispute.

"The intent was there to kill," he said.

Late Friday, Steffens said no suspects had been identified in the case and no one was in custody.

The victims remained in the hospital recovering. He said there are some promising leads officers plan to pursue through the weekend.

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