Pasco deputies arrest suspect connected to deadly Dade City shooting

Courtesy: Pasco County Sheriff's Office

Pasco County deputies have arrested an 18-year-old suspect following the shooting in Dade City where a father was killed and two children were hospitalized.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says Demetrius Roberts has been charged with delinquent in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. 

According to deputies, two teenage girls were fighting in the middle of Johns Road when several people, who may have been family members, friends, or neighbors got involved and shots were fired by one or more people.

Three people were shot during the argument. Major Jeffrey Peake with Pasco Sheriff’s Office said bullets struck an 11-year-old boy, his father and a 16-year-old girl. The father was killed and the two juveniles were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Officials did not specify their conditions.

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In a news release, investigators did not say whether Roberts fired a weapon at all, let alone killed the father or injured the two children.

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