Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Gunman shot to death at Plant City business

Gunman shot to death at Plant City business

She says deputies are still looking into whether or not law enforcement was notified about the dispute before the shooting on Monday.

Sometime before the incident today, the two men entered the office to speak with Bliss.

There was apparently an argument between Bliss and two men who were living here on the property off Knights Griffin Road, but it's unclear why the argument turned violent, deputies say, and Bliss shot the two men in the office. The family member entered the office and subsequently shot Bliss.

It's believed the dispute had been ongoing for weeks.

Bliss died at the scene.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies are responding to reports of a shooting in Plant City
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies are responding to reports of a shooting in Plant City

Detectives say the owner of the business, Richard Bliss, got into an argument with two men and took out a gun and shot them.

Police are at the scene and an investigation is now underway.

The other two people, who have not been identified by authorities at this time, were transported to the hospital. Authorities have not yet named the second victim nor the person who shot Bliss. Deputies are investigating whether or not criminal charges will follow. Bliss also has numerous arrests in Hillsborough County for crimes that include multiple arrests for domestic violence, battery, and assault.

"We're still trying to get the timing of that because some calls went to the Polk County Sheriff's Office and some went to ours", Lusczynski said.

The family-owned company describes itself as "Central Florida's largest quality builder of pole barns, horse barns, and garages".

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