Deputies Hunting Skull Mask Wearing Shooter in Pasco County Home Invasion

In what the Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has called a targeted hit, a New Port Richey woman was shot to death in front of two young children by an intruder wearing a skull mask during a home invasion on Menifee Court. Now deputies are on the hunt for him.

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At approximately 0015 hours, a man wearing a skull type mask entered the home. He approached a woman who was sleeping on the couch in the front room. The woman woke up and the suspect pointed the gun at her.

He then moved to the bedroom where the victim was sleeping along with two small children. The man turned on the bedroom light, and the victim sat up and said, “Don’t shoot me,” The suspect shot her one time. The victim rolled off the bed onto the floor, and the suspect shot her once more. He then turned around and left the home, got into a car, and fled the scene.

Detectives do not believe the home invasion was a random act because it appears the man knew the layout of the home and was targeting the woman.

“It seemed like he knew exactly who he was going for,” Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

The woman was transported to the local hospital where she died. Sheriff Nocco did not release her name. The two children, who were both under 12, were not injured.

The suspect is described as a male with a heavy build, around 5’10″, wearing dark clothing, and a black skull-type mask. 

“For these young kids, I can imagine they were out last night trick-or treating. I can imagine they went to bed a little bit later like all the kids did last night. But to be woken up by this. To be woken up to have a suspect walk in, turn that light on and shoot the person in bed with them, it’s horrific.” Said Sheriff Nocco

Anyone with information is asked to submit tips to the PSO Crime Tips Line at 1-800-706-2488.


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