NEW PORT RICHEY – A “shooting spree” between feuding teenagers resulted in the death of a women during the early hours of Sept. 13, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
“Over this weekend there was an innocent loss of life because of juvenile crime,” Nocco said in a video posted to the department’s Facebook page Monday morning. “They were going on a shooting spree; going back and forth between different locations.”
The deadly shooting occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m., Sept. 13, at a home on Irene Loop, located off Trouble Creek Road, just west of U.S. Highway 19. According to Nocco, the same house was shot at around 5 a.m. the previous day and there was another shooting reported at a different New Port Richey home around midnight on Sept. 13, just prior to the deadly shooting.
“We think they were going back and forth shooting at each other,” Nocco said.
Home surveillance videos gathered during the investigation show multiple suspects approach the home at approximately 1:30 a.m. The suspects went to the bedroom window of the female victim, who was lying in bed with her husband watching television. That was when one of the suspects, 17-year-old Kyle James Beavers, of New Port Richey, is said to have fired approximately 11 rounds through the window.
Two young children were also in the home at the time of the shooting. Reports state that the husband grabbed his handgun and crawled out to check on the children before exiting the home. The husband told deputies he saw two of the suspects crouched behind his vehicle in the driveway. Nocco said in the video that two suspects could be seen on surveillance video searching for something in the grass.
The husband fired shots at the suspects, who then fled on foot. One of the shots struck Beavers in the leg, causing him to fall to the ground before getting back up and running away. Beavers was located by deputies at approximately 1:54 a.m. in a neighborhood just west of Irene Loop. He was transported to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point to receive treatment before being arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
The two young children were not injured during the shooting and the eldest child, a 16-year-old boy, was not home at the time.
“The working theory is the intended target was the son of the woman that was killed,” Nocco said. “Unfortunately, that juvenile son will not provide us any information and will not provide his father any information of why people were targeting his house and why his mother died.
“In this case we’re talking about juveniles that were going back and forth trying to kill somebody,” he said. “They’re going back and forth shooting up neighborhoods.”
Nocco said Beavers already has an extensive criminal record that includes more than 18 arrests ranging from battery to breaking into vehicles.
“It’s a sad state of affairs that we’re dealing with right now but we’re going through this investigation,” Nocco said. “We need your help to stop the bloodshed out there.”
During an interview with investigators, Beavers admitted to being armed with a handgun at the crime scene with two other unknown suspects. He said he heard possible shot being fired somewhere else and that he fired into the ground outside the bedroom window with a, reportedly stolen, pink semi-automatic 38-caliber handgun.
Beavers said he ran away and bent over near the victim’s vehicle “due to something being in his eye,” the police report states. Beavers denied, however, going to the home to shoot at the victim.
The Sheriff’s Office believes there were three other suspects with Beavers, not two. Because of a lack of cooperation from Beavers and the 16-year-old son of the victim, Nocco asked for public assistance to located others involved in the shootings.
Nocco also advised residents who own firearms to be responsible and store them securely and safely.
“These juveniles are getting their hands on these stolen weapons, like the one in this case, because they’re stealing them from people,” Nocco said. “You have a right to have that weapon, to have that gun, but please lock it up.”
Anyone with information on this case is advised to call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477). A $5,000 reward may be available for information leading to an arrest.