SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA) — One person is dead and another is hurt after a shooting in Spring Hill.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to a home on Marquette Street Wednesday around 5 a.m. for a shooting call.
When deputies arrived at the home, they found two people suffering from gunshot wounds.
One person died at the scene and the gunshot survivor is believed to be in stable condition at a nearby hospital.
A next-door neighbor told 8 On Your Side it’s a close-knit community.
“They were like daughters to me,” neighbor Shirley Willis said. “When they needed something they would come over and say ‘Mrs. Shirley, you got some sugar? Mrs. Shirley, Mrs. Shirley.”
Hernando deputies said there is a suspect at large. Detectives are working to learn more about the suspect, or suspects. They believe the person or people are traveling by car.
Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis said the shooting appears to be a “targeted home invasion.” He said the two people who were shot were related.
“This house is not totally unfamiliar to us,” Nienhuis said. “As I’ve said a thousand times, when people are involved in any type of high-risk activity, the chance for violence is pretty great.”
Residents in the area are asked to take necessary precautions. However, HCSO believes whoever did this is no longer near the area.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 866-990-TIPS or **TIPS.
“I think it was a cowardly, dirty thing for a suspect to break in and shoot two young women and then escape,” Willis said. “It’s cowardly.”
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