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Two shootings in two days occur in quiet east Pasco neighborhood

WESLEY CHAPEL — People who live in Ashley Pines say it's a pretty quiet neighborhood.

Not much happens after the sun goes down, they say.

But Tuesday night, someone shot a man at the community playground. Another man was shot about four miles away the night before. Both were prescription drug-related incidents though unrelated, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said.

The playground is surrounded by trimmed, green grass. Sometimes teenagers gather by the swings and jungle gym into the late hours.

"Teenagers hang out there, playing around," said Lloyd Richardson, who lives behind the playground. "Kids will be kids."

Richardson, 29, was sitting in his living room Tuesday night watching Storage Wars on TV when he heard a loud noise.

He figured a car had backfired and thought nothing more, until time passed and he saw several sheriff's cruisers and bright lights around the playground.

At 9:50 p.m., Tony Barnes, 20, was shot in the stomach. Deputies believe he was involved in a drug deal, according to sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. He would not elaborate.

Deputies said Barnes lives at 30944 Harper Branch Place, only three blocks from the playground. He was flown to an undisclosed hospital, Doll said. He has no record of trouble with the law in Florida.

Lisa Jones, who lives near the playground, said she and her family moved into the neat, manicured subdivision four years ago because they considered it safe.

"It's a sacrifice to stay in a place we can hardly afford to keep our kids safe," she said.

The other shooting reported by the sheriff's office on Wednesday occurred around 9:25 p.m. on Monday. Raymond Daniel Platt, 41, was selling prescription pills out of his home at 30122 Eastport Drive when a masked man came into the home demanding pills, deputies said. The men struggled and Platt was shot in the face. Deputies said the wound is not life-threatening.

Platt has a long criminal history that includes several thefts and an aggravated battery charge after he hit a woman with a 20-inch pipe in 2003.

Platt, who is listed in records as 6-foot-8 and nearly 300 pounds, was released from state prison in December 2009 after serving a three-year sentence.

His most recent arrest in Pasco was last August when he was charged with aggravated battery.

Two shootings in two days occur in quiet east Pasco neighborhood 06/29/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 28, 2011 12:05pm]
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