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Two slain at Pasco mobile home park

A passer-by notices one body on each side of a bullet-riddled SUV. The doors were closed and the engine was running.

Published July 10, 2006

HUDSON — Two men were fatally shot in a northwest Pasco mobile home park Monday evening, the windshield of their black sport utility vehicle riddled with bullet holes.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office had no suspects late Monday, and the motive remained a mystery.
Deputies were called to the scene at 6:38 p.m. Monday after a passing driver saw the men lying on either side of the SUV parked on the side of Dolphin Drive. The engine was running.

Tamela Jones said she thought the men were working on the car.

“Then I saw all of their blood,” Jones said.

Within minutes, the dusty crossing of Dolphin Drive and Maryland Avenue was swarming with patrol cars and ambulances.

But they were too late.

The man on the driver’s side was dead when deputies arrived, sheriff’s spokesman Kevin Doll said. The man on the passenger’s side had a faint pulse but died shortly after arriving at a local hospital, Doll said.

The sheriff’s office withheld identification of both men until the next of kin could be notified. Witnesses said they appeared to be in their 20s.

Bullet holes were visible in the windshield. But the victims were found outside the car on either side, and the doors were closed.

Neighbors said drugs, particularly crack cocaine, are a problem in the area. Farther down Maryland Avenue is the West Side Efficiency Motel, where a botched drug robbery in June 2005 left one man dead and another wounded.

Deputies patrolled the area Monday evening, searching unsuccessfully for a driver Jones saw speeding through the neighborhood. He was described as having short, dark hair and a dark shirt, driving a silver or gray Chevrolet Caprice with tinted windows.

Investigators studied tire tracks and footprints, but the skies opened with rain at about 8:30 p.m. Investigators managed to pitch a tent over the crime scene.

“They’re trying to do whatever they can as fast as they can,” Doll said.

Jones’ boyfriend, Charles Dyer, rushed to the scene after Jones told him about the shooting. Looking at the scene — the blood and the bullet holes — Dyer said he was grateful his girlfriend didn’t drive past there a few minutes sooner.

“It makes me jitter when I look at that,” Dyer said. “We don’t need that kind of activity here.”

[Last modified July 16, 2006, 11:01:51]

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