Community Alert: Homicide, Spring Hill

Community Alert

Update 5/19/23 10:15 a.m.: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continued to investigate a shooting on May 17 in Spring Hill, which resulted in the death of one man and injuries to another man and a teenage male.

Upon continued investigation, the suspect visited the victims’ home and used illegal narcotics. He then intentionally shot a dog in the home, killing it. An argument ensued due to this, resulting in an adult man getting shot. The man that was shot was later taken to the hospital. Other individuals in the home confronted the suspect about the shootings, and this argument escalated into a man and a teenager getting shot. The man was pronounced deceased on scene and the teenager was taken to a hospital, and remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The suspect then left the home and was located approximately a mile away, where he was detained.

The suspect, who is the individual that was previously detained, was arrested for murder, two counts of attempted murder, shooting in a dwelling, felon in possession of a firearm and felony animal cruelty. He is identified as Steven Laporta, 36, and is a convicted felon. The investigation remains ongoing.

Original Post 5/18/23 7 a.m.: Pasco Sheriff’s deputies are currently investigating a shooting, which resulted in the death of one person and injuries to two additional people. On May 17, just before midnight, PSO responded to a call regarding a shooting in the Bathurst Ave. area of Spring Hill. Preliminary information indicates that an argument between two adult men, who are known to each other, escalated and one man shot the other. Another adult man and a juvenile male were also shot during the incident, which resulted in the death of the adult. The juvenile male and the first man that was shot were taken to a hospital for their injuries. The suspect is currently detained. This is an isolated incident amongst known parties and there is no public safety threat, as all parties are accounted for. The investigation is ongoing.

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