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Two arrested in shooting

Hillsborough County authorities arrested two men in connection with the Tuesday shooting of a newspaper carrier, after several people recognized the suspects from a surveillance tape shown on television.

One of the men was on house arrest at the time of the shooting, authorities said, and the other man was on probation.

Billy Clark, 54, was shot in the head early Tuesday morning on Lithia Pinecrest Road as he delivered the New York Times.

Clark drove himself to the hospital, where he was treated for a bullet graze just above his ear. He has since been released.

He told authorities he recognized his attackers.

While stopped at a Hess convenience store, a man asked Clark for directions, officials said. That man _ later identified as Max Anthony Benoit _ followed Clark out of the store and onto the road. He waved for Clark to stop his vehicle.

Then, authorities said, a passenger in Benoit's car, James Allen McCarter, ran out and shot Clark.

Hillsborough Sheriff's detectives found that the Hess store had surveillance tape of Benoit and McCarter. Several television stations broadcast the tape during their evening newscasts.

A person who knew one of the people in the tape walked into the Sheriff's District Two office near Brandon Tuesday. Detectives went to work.

More calls came in, identifying both men, said Sheriff's Lt. Rod Reder.

"We received multiple calls, saying the two run together," Reder said.

Detectives tracked the men down and arrested them.

Record show Benoit, who is 19 and lives in Valrico, was arrested Jan. 16 on charges of grand larceny. He received a two-year probation sentence.

McCarter, whose nickname is "Tank," has a more extensive criminal history, records show.

The 22-year-old Brandon resident is currently on house arrest for grand theft in North Florida.

Joe Papy, director of probation and parole for the Hillsborough region of the Department of Corrections, said McCarter spent 22 months in jail.

During that time, McCarter introduced contraband into the jail twice, Papy said.

Both McCarter and Benoit are being held without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail. They have been charged with attempted first degree murder and robbery.

_ Researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

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