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Teen Shot in Argument Over Girl


A Tallahassee teen is shot in the stomach as he and another teen argue over a girl. It happened early Wednesday morning while most of us were sleeping, but neighbors in Tanglewood Estates say they heard the shots loud and clear.

This dusty corner is quiet now, but just after 3 a.m. deputies say 16-year-old Ross Bennett pulled out a gun and shot a 17-year-old in the gut.

"When the one showed up at the residence of the other one, he was already standing out in the yard waiting on him and then, according to the witness statements we got, tried to sic a dog on him, have the dog attack the people that showed up. The dog failing to do so, he then began firing shots at them, striking the one teenager in the abdomen," said SGT Tim Baxter with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Bennett's mother is distraught saying her youngest son has never been in any trouble and claims the other teen had threatened to kill her son and his family. Neighbors call the early morning gunfire shocking.

"I can't believe this young man shot somebody, one young life, two young lives gone down the hill over little stuff that they could have sat down and talked about," said neighbor Darlene Matthews.

Deputies don't know for sure how many shots were fired on the corner of Conifer and Druid. Witnesses say two to four. The 17-year-old underwent surgery Wednesday morning and at last word was in intensive care in stable condition.

Bennett is charged with attempted murder and is being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center.


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