Saturday, May 26, 2018
Public safety

Man shot in Dade City

DADE CITY — She was in her living room watching TV about 2:30 Friday afternoon when the first pop came from outside. It sounded like a firecracker.

The woman, whose name is being withheld by the Times to protect her safety, peeked through her blinds. In the middle of Tucker Avenue, a neighbor, Seleen Black, was struggling with Jermaine Isaac Ross. In Ross' hand, she saw a gun, the woman said.

She went to another room and called 911. Four more pops came from the street.

"Please hurry!" she told the operator.

Then the woman watched Black, 31, get into a red Ford Explorer with another man. At the end of the road, they were stopped by Dade City police. Black had been shot. They took him to a nearby parking lot, where he was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Police would not say how many times or where he was shot. No one else appeared to have been injured.

Ross, 26, of 20548 Mickens Drive in Trilby was still at large. Police said they believed he was dangerous. They were not sure whether he was armed. Officers were questioning another man who they said may have picked up the gun after the shooting.

Ross was last seen in a green and brown truck headed south on Wilson Street.

Ross has an arrest history dating back to 2006 in Sheriff's Office records, with charges including possession of cocaine, domestic battery and carrying a concealed weapon.

A version of this story appears in some regional editions of the Times.

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