Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Public safety

Fight in Brandon subdivision ends in fatal shotgun blast

BRANDON — Hillsborough deputies are investigating a shooting death after an argument Sunday afternoon at a house in a quiet neighborhood near the Westfield Brandon mall.

Deputies responding to a 911 call found a man dead from a shotgun blast inside 1409 Scotch Pine Drive, a two-story, pale pink house in the Wellington subdivision about a mile south of Lumsden Road. The victim was identified as Daniel S. Oliver, 19, and he lived in the house, according to authorities.

Sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said Oliver died at the scene at about 3:30 p.m. after a single gunshot to the chest. The man identified as the shooter surrendered to deputies without incident. He has not been charged pending the outcome of a sheriff's investigation. He apparently lived at the house, said McKinnon, who would not identify him Sunday night.

As law enforcement officers cordoned off the area with yellow police tape and questioned witnesses, neighbors milled around outside their homes. At one point, a young woman, apparently overcome by the situation but otherwise uninjured, was wheeled to an ambulance.

"This is a really quiet neighborhood," said Cassandra Chaplin, 51, who moved to the area 12 years ago. "It's shocking."

Chaplin said she was driving up the street when she noticed a half-dozen sheriff's cars a few doors down.

She and others say the house where the shooting occurred had been empty for five months until it was rented out a month ago. Several residents said they saw young men frequently entering and leaving the house, but they couldn't say who actually lived there.

Investigators were also trying to determine who lived at the house and who was visiting. None of the occupants seemed related to one other and several occupants seemed to come and go, McKinnon said.

Property records show Young Investments LLC of Tampa purchased the home in April for $5,800.

Dwight A. McDonald, a Riverview resident and one of the owners of Young Investments, said Sunday night he had no idea what had happened until he was contacted by a Tampa Bay Times reporter.

"Good lord. I guess I'll have to call my tenant now," he said.

McDonald said he was sympathetic toward the tenants — a woman, her daughter and the woman's brother — when they approached him about leasing the four-bedroom house. They told him their parents had died and they needed a place to stay. "Given the situation, I thought why not?"

McDonald declined to identify the tenants. "This is a police matter now," he said. Although problems had surfaced in recent weeks with trash and the lawn getting overgrown, McDonald said he saw no signs of serious problems.

"This is a first," he said. "Wow."

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

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