NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) — A man was fatally shot in a wooded part of New Port Richey Sunday, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.
Pasco County deputies said the shooting happened in the woods near the intersection of SR-52 and Colony Road.
A preliminary investigation found that a man was walking along the road when he entered the woods. An unknown person then shot the victim dead, according to the sheriff’s office.
On Sunday evening, police released the name and a photo of the victim with his family’s permission. Police identified the victim as 35-year-old Marcus Marquis.
Pasco Sheriff’s Office said they would like to speak with anyone that knows Marquis, or may have seen him prior to this morning’s shooting. His family said they approved the release of his identity in hopes that someone will come forward with information.
All lanes of SR-52 between Shadow Ridge Boulevard and Moon Lake Road were initially closed while investigators surveyed the scene. They have since reopened.