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Arrest made in Hernando double shooting, deputies say

A man and a woman were found with gunshot wounds in Kennedy Park on Sept. 2.
H’Keem Lavar Hart, 25, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and violation of probation, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. [HCSO] [Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
Published Sep. 9
Updated Sep. 9

BROOKSVILLE — A 25-year-old man has been arrested after deputies said he shot two people in Kennedy Park on Sept. 2.

H’Keem Lavar Hart was arrested Friday evening at a state probation office, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. He faces charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and violation of probation.

He denied any involvement in the shooting when questioned by deputies, the Sheriff’s Office said.

ORIGINAL STORY: Hernando deputies look for shooter after finding two wounded in a local park

The man and woman who were wounded are still recovering from their injuries, but only one of them has been released from a hospital. The Sheriff’s Office withheld their names and ages, citing Marsy’s Law, which is a constitutional amendment designed to protect crime victims.

The shooting took place at about 12:15 a.m. in the parking lot of Kennedy Park at 899 Kennedy Blvd., according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies found a man with gunshot wounds, and he was taken to a local trauma center by Hernando County Fire Rescue. A woman was taken to a local hospital by a personal vehicle, but paramedics later took her to a trauma center.

The shooter left the area before deputies arrived. No other information about the case was released.


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