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Deputies: Man apparently shot to death at Hudson home

A man was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound Sunday night at a Hudson home previously linked to illegal drugs, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.

The body of 23-year Francis Joseph Soto was discovered at 12206 Bear Claw Loop after deputies were called about 8 p.m., the sheriff’s office said.

“The home where he was killed ... is believed to be a home where drugs had been sold in the past,” sheriff’s spokesman Doug Tobin said in a news release.

Joyce Parkinson said she has lived across the street from Soto for 13 years and has had to call authorities regularly for fights or unusual traffic in and out of the house.

“Did I expect it to happen here? Of course,” Parkinson said. “Nobody’s ever done a thing about it. Just call the cops, have then come out, they investigate, and then they leave.”

It was believed two other people were in the home when Soto was shot, deputies said.

“At some point, around 8 o’clock, the two other people inside the house came running out,” Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said. “We got calls from neighbors that believed it was possibly a domestic situation. Our deputies arrived on scene at that time and they found Mr. Soto in a bad, critical condition.

“We do have a suspect that we are building up some information on. We can’t release that at this time only because our detectives are working on some leads and we don’t want to ruin their investigation.”

Anyone with information was asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at 1-800-706-2488.

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Tribune reporter Eddie Daniels contributed to this report.

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