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Brooksville man shot; police seek a suspect

The victim, hit once in the back, is in stable condition. But authorities say they are starting to doubt his story.


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 19, 2000

BROOKSVILLE -- A Brooksville man who was shot once in the back Thursday morning is in stable condition as police search for a suspect and a motive.

Desnick T. Williams, 21, of 309 Union St. originally told investigators that he was riding his scooter around the Tanglewood Apartment complex about 2:30 a.m. when, out of nowhere, someone in the nearby woods shot at him at least three times.

Williams fell bleeding from his bike and made it to the home of a neighbor, who called for an ambulance. Williams was rushed to Brooksville Regional Hospital and was later flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

"The wound could have been life-threatening," Brooksville Capt. Terry Chapman said. "He's a lucky man."

Neighbors said they did not see the shooting but said they heard three to six shots.

Police are questioning the validity of Williams' story, however, after he altered several details while being questioned Thursday afternoon at the hospital. Chapman said Williams' wound does not match his statement that he never saw the shooter. Chapman said the bullet entered Williams' back at "extremely close range" and lodged in his shoulder.

Chapman said officials do not know whether the shooting is drug-related. Records show Williams has been convicted of possessing and selling cocaine, and resisting arrest with violence.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Brooksville Police Department at 796-8559.

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