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Victim in Brooksville shooting faces abuse charges

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Published:   |   Updated: November 14, 2013 at 01:42 PM

BROOKSVILLE - A man who was allegedly shot by his fiance, and airlifted to a trauma center Tuesday afternoon, was arrested on aggravated abuse and witness tampering charges the following day upon returning to the home they share, deputies said.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Kevin Rooks, 30, was released from the hospital Wednesday, and returned to 13069 Maycrest Avenue, where the sheriff's office believes Rooks' fiance, Diana Adams, 55, shot him Tuesday during a domestic dispute.

Deputies served an arrest warrant on Rooks at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday on charges stemming from Tuesday's shooting, said Denise Moloney, spokesman for the Hernando sheriff's office.

"I believe we got him pretty quickly," she said. "He wasn't at the house for very long."

A firearm had been removed from the home the previous day, at the time of the shooting, Moloney said.

Rooks, whose booking photo shows him with bandages on his neck and head, is being held without bond on one charge of abuse of an elderly or disabled person, and tampering with a witness or victim. His arraignment is set for Dec. 3. Adams has not been charged. The State Attorney's Office is reviewing the incident, Moloney said.

Earlier this week, Maycrest Avenue neighbors said this isn't the first dispute between Rooks and Adams, who live at the home with Adams' two adult, handicapped children.

Records show deputies responded to a battery call on Aug. 5, and two verbal disturbances on July 4.

Court records show Rooks was booked in August on charges of battery, domestic battery by strangulation and crimes against an elderly or disabled person without great harm. The charges were later dropped by prosecutors.

Property records show the four adults have owned the home since 2006. Multiple deputies, detectives and other units from the sheriff's office responded to the shooting reports around 2:30 p.m. and Rooks taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's trauma center.

After Rooks was shot on Tuesday, the three remaining family members were transported to local hospitals for unrelated medical issues.

wbiddlecombe@hernandotoday.com

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