Hernando deputies search for suspect who fired shots toward apartment building

Hernando County deputies said are searching for the person involved in a shooting at a Spring Hill apartment after receiving conflicting information on the suspect and vehicle description.

Around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, first responders arrived at the Hammock Ridge Apartment, located at 8332 Omaha Circle after receiving a report of "shot fired." Officials said witnesses called 911 to report shots were being fired from a moving vehicle, aiming at an apartment building.

When they arrived, deputies said bystanders shouting that someone in a vehicle was shooting, according to the sheriff's office. 

"When asked if they knew the location or could provide a description of the suspect, the individuals stated "the shooter" left the area," according to a news release by the agency. "They pointed to the area where the vehicle was located when the shots were being fired."

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However, during interviews, some witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a red sedan, driven by a Black male, who was the only person observed in the vehicle, deputies explained. Others said the vehicle was a grey sedan, which may have had a missing hood. The driver – also said to be the only occupant – was described as a white male with long frizzy hair and a red beard. 

Both drivers were described as suspects.

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Deputies said there were no reported injuries. They said there were several spent shell casings on the ground where the suspect vehicle was reportedly located.

There was damage to the exterior of an apartment building, along with two vehicles that were struck by projectiles. 

Deputies said they searched for the vehicles and suspects matching the description, but were met with "negative results."

Anyone has information is asked to call Detective D. M. Vargas at 352-754-6830.