Deputies: Mom, daughter shot during home invasion
LAND O' LAKES -
A woman and her 14-year-old daughter were shot about 1:37 a.m. today as they interrupted a home invasion in Land O' Lakes, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
The woman was shot once in the abdomen, while the girl was shot once in the stomach and in her leg, deputies said. Both were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital by helicopter and are expected to recover from their wounds.
The mother and daughter live across the street on the dead-end dirt road. They walked to the mobile home at 20045 Valdez Lane after someone inside called them saying he heard noises coming from the living room, deputies said.
They were on the mobile home's front porch when both were shot by as many as three males, whom authorities have yet to locate, deputies said. Deputies describe the suspects as black males with thin builds.
After the shooting, at least five males and one female were at the home late Wednesday morning.
A man walking outside the mobile home told reporters his mother had been shot.
“It's my mom,” the man said, refusing to give his name. “It's crappy as hell.”
A neighbor, who identified herself only as Sharon, said she heard loud voices next door during the night. She was awoken by a loud argument about 1:30 a.m., which ended in gunfire, she said.
“I heard that one (suspect) say, 'I want my [expletive] such and such stuff right now,'” she said. “And two guys I heard speak out say, 'You ain't gonna get your [expletive] stuff right now.' So they all got to fighting. It only happened in (a matter of) seconds. ... And boom, boom, there goes the shots.”
As many as seven people were inside the home at the time of the shooting, according to investigators.
No other injuries were reported.
At one point Wednesday morning, seven cars were parked in the driveway and the front yard of the mobile home. A group of young men standing outside the trailer cursed at reporters who gathered down the street.
Moments later, deputies arrived to keep order.