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Deputies seeking witnesses to fatal Brooksville shooting


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BROOKSVILLE - A 27-year-old victim of a Saturday shooting on Desales Street, was released from a hospital, authorities said today.

Amber Rivenbark was shot when a fight between several people at 6112 Desales St. turned deadly, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Juan Francisco Perez, 29, is charged with shooting Rivenbark and Kenneth Schreffler, 43, who died at the scene, deputies said.

Rivenbark was flown to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

Perez, 29, who lives in Dade City, was arrested at the scene. On Monday, the State Attorney's Office filed the following charges against him: second-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon/firearm, grand theft and carrying a concealed firearm. Court documents show Perez has filed an application for representation by the public defender's office.

Perez continues to be held on no bond, court and jail documents show.

The sheriff's office said no other details of the case were available on Tuesday, but did release the names and photos of two individuals they believe witnessed the shootings.

Detectives are looking for Daniel Gonzalez, 27, and Brittani Higginbotham, 22, of 6144 Desales Street. Anyone with information is asked to call (352) 754-6830.

Back in May 1990, Schreffler was involved in a brawl that led to the beating death of his friend, Russell Coats, at Oak Park Apartments in Brooksville. Coats, who was white, died after being beaten by about 17 black teenagers and adults with "boards, sticks and tire irons," according previous reports. Coats' death received national attention at the time. A grand jury found Schreffler responsible for inciting the initial fights that night. Battery charges were later dropped, and a jury acquitted Schreffler of disorderly conduct charges later that year.

Rivenbark was in a relationship with Schreffler, according to their Facebook profiles. Pasco county records show the alleged shooter has been convicted of driving without a valid license in the past.

(352) 544-5283

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