Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department detectives arrested a teenager after he admitted to shooting a 38-year-old man in the abdomen.
According to a press release, on February 14, officers responded to Laurel Park Apartments, located at 100 Northwest 23rd Place, in reference to a home invasion in which five unknown, armed, black males entered a home through a closed front door.
The suspects’ faces were covered and they attempted to speak with a Jamaican accent as they demanded money.
Police said the suspects fled after taking cash and a watch.
On February 15, Ocala police responded to a shooting at Laurel Park Apartments.
Upon arrival, officers located Christopher Shelton, the victim, who had sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Shelton was transported to the hospital for medical attention.
Detective Hurst then responded to the hospital to interview Shelton.
During questioning, Shelton stated that on February 16, at approximately 5:21 p.m., he heard a knock on the front door. He said he opened the door and observed Brosnan Hart standing on the porch holding a gun.
According to reports, as Shelton attempted to close the door, the suspect fired the weapon, striking Shelton in the lower right portion of his abdomen.
During the investigation, it was reported that during the February 14 home invasion, one of the cloths used to cover the suspect’s face had fallen off.
That suspect was later identified as Brosnan P. Hart, 17.
Ocala Police Major Crimes Investigations and S.W.A.T. located Hart and arrested him without incident.
Detective David Rodriquez arrested Hart and charged him with Attempted Murder and Tampering With Physical Evidence.
Detective Dustin Todd later added the charges of Home Invasion Robbery with Weapon, Grand Theft, and Petit Theft.
Police were able to recover the weapon used during the shooting.
Hart stated that he went to Shelton’s home because he heard that Shelton had put “hit” on him for the February 14 home invasion. Hart wanted to “take out” Shelton first.
He is being held without bond.