Two men shot, wounded in Pinellas Park melee, police say

One group confronted another, Pinellas Park police said. The result was two men hospitalized for gunshot wounds.
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Published Jan. 2, 2020|Updated Jan. 3, 2020

PINELLAS PARK — A violent confrontation between two groups early Thursday morning led to two men being wounded by gunfire, according to Pinellas Park police.

Two men were hospitalized: One suffered three gunshot wounds and was taken to a hospital. The other was also shot but drove himself to the hospital.

The incident took place at about 6 a.m. at 5925 66th Terrace N. A group of about six unidentified men drove to the home to confront those inside.

First the group confronted the homeowner, Riley Bass, 24, in the front yard, police said. Then two members of the group went inside the home and confronted Brandon Heric, 23, and Devon Thompson, 21.

Gunfire rang out and both occupants were wounded, police said. Bass fought off four other suspects and ran into the home, police said. There, he confronted the suspects inside the home. Then all six suspects fled the home and drove off, police said.

Thompson was shot three times and taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was reported to be in stable condition late Thursday. Brandon Hericfled was also wounded but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, police said. He drove himself to a hospital.

The home was targeted by the group of men, but police did not say why. Now detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspects.

Anyone with information about these suspects or this case is asked to call the Pinellas Park Police Department at (727) 369-7840). To remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477, visit or send a tip with a smartphone using the P3 Tips Mobile app.