An argument at a party over who had the meanest dog ended in an apparent suicide. Michael Dugan, who turned 19 Saturday, was found dead from a gunshot wound in his home at 2617 47th Ave. N late Saturday by Pinellas County sheriff's deputies. Sgt. Greg Tita, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, said Dugan had fled from a party where he had just shot Daniel Griffin, 22, with a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with birdshot. Griffin was in fair condition Sunday at Bayfront Medical Center. Tita said that in the evening of a party at Griffin's house, at 2735 41st Ave. N, two men got their dogs, a Rottweiler and a pit bull-Rottweiler mix, to fight. The Rottweiler's owner, who also lived at 2735 41st Ave. N but who has not been identified, eventually broke up the dog fight and ordered everyone to leave. Tita said that man then apparently threatened Dugan. Dugan ran to his car, got the 12-gauge shotgun and tried to shoot the man from about 30 feet away. But Griffin moved between the two men and was shot. Dugan then ran to his house and apparently killed himself.
Bus hits woman on Interstate 4
TAMPA _ A woman was hit by a bus on Interstate 4 as she waited for help after the car she was riding in broke down in Thonotosassa on Sunday night, Hillsborough County Fire officials said. The woman, whose name was not released, received minor injuries and was taken to Tampa General Hospital about 8 p.m., officials said. The woman was standing along the road on I-4 at the Thonotosassa Road exit when a Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy stopped to help the woman and other stranded motorists, officials said. It was not known late Sunday night if the bus had been parked nearby or was traveling down the roadway.
Students remain in hospital
Two Boca Ciega High School students whose car crashed into a parked semitrailer truck Friday remain in critical condition at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, a spokesman said. Christopher Trivigno, 17, and Nick Muto, 16, were heading to Tallahassee to see the boys basketball team play in the state championship when their car crashed into the back of the truck that was parked in the shoulder of the road near Live Oak. Christopher Trivigno, 17, of 8125 37th Ave. N, remained unconscious Sunday in the hospital's intensive care unit. Nick Muto, 16, of 6680 12th Ave. N, had improved slightly and is continuing to stabilize although he was still suffering from some internal bleeding, according to Boca Ciega Principal Barbara Paonessa, who spoke to hospital officials several times Sunday. Two other students in the car were treated for minor injuries and released.