A second teenager has been arrested in a fatal September shooting that Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at the time was part of a violent back-and-forth between two groups of teenagers.
The Sept. 13 shooting on Irene Loop in New Port Richey may have targeted a 16-year-old living at the home, deputies said. Instead, they said, the group of people that showed up early that morning fired into the house, killing the teenager’s mother.
Deputies quickly arrested a 17-year-old, Kyle Beavers, accused of firing the 11 shots through a bedroom window that killed the woman, but they said two other suspects had been present, one of whom fired shots at the front of the house. Early Monday morning, deputies said, they arrested a 15-year-old who’d been identified as a suspect via surveillance footage.
A Sheriff’s spokeswoman said the 15-year-old didn’t return home after the shooting and was reported missing. He came home Sunday, deputies said, and a family member called the Sheriff’s Office.
He was arrested on a warrant charging him with second-degree murder. The Tampa Bay Times is not identifying the teenager because of his age and because it’s unclear what his alleged role in the shooting was. The Sheriff’s Office would not release the arrest report because it believes there are additional suspects involved and an investigation is ongoing.
Pinellas-Pasco Assistant State Attorney Bryan Sarabia, who oversees prosecutions in west Pasco County, said both the 17-year-old and 15-year-old have been charged as adults. Their cases did not immediately appear in the Pasco County Clerk of Court’s online court records system, though, so it was unclear if court dates have been set.
The Sheriff’s Office has not identified the victim and her family, nor has it given an exact address of the shooting because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters in 2018 that is meant to protect crime victims but deprives the public of information that had long been available under the state’s public records law.
The agency did say, however, that the woman was a nurse.