A man fatally shot a woman then killed himself Sunday after a domestic argument in East Pasco County, authorities said. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting gunshots at 1:17 p.m., according to sheriff's spokesman Jon Powers. The names of the two dead people were not available Sunday evening.
Powers provided this account of what happened:
The first caller to the Sheriff's Office, a man, reported someone screaming and shots fired.
At 1:22 p.m. a woman called to say she had heard a woman screaming for help.
Two minutes later, a Pasco fire rescue official called to report two bodies in the road at an intersection two-thirds of a mile south of Zephyrhills city limits.
The bodies were found near 20th Street and Tucker Road, two sandy streets that intersect near a railroad right of way. The bodies were found in front of the house at 4014 20th St.
"She was on her back in the intersection," Powers said. "He was on his back in the grass next to the stop sign."
The man, who was in his mid-50s, was declared dead at the scene. The woman, who was in her mid-40s, was declared dead on arrival at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where she was taken by helicopter.
"It was apparently the result of some type of domestic argument. . . . It appears at this point, and it is preliminary only, that he shot her then took his own life," Powers said.
Powers said the woman had been staying with friends at 4014 20th St. for two and a half or three weeks, apparently to get away from the man. The man and woman, described as boyfriend and girlfriend, had broken up about three weeks ago, he said.