Man Shot in Parking Lot of Mermaids Lounge – 2022-05049

Date: February 19, 2022
On 02-19-2022 at 2:10 a.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Mermaids Lounge located at 4564 Commercial Way in Spring Hill in reference to a report of a shooting.
Witnesses called 9-1-1 to advise a man been shot several times while in the parking lot of the establishment.
The suspects, an unidentified black male and an unidentified Hispanic male, fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival.
The victim was treated by patrons inside the bar until EMS arrived on scene.
The victim was transported to a local trauma center for treatment of his gunshot wounds.
The victim is expected to recover from his injuries.
The investigation remains active and no additional details are available at this time.
The Office of Sheriff:
The Office of the Sheriff is established by the Florida Constitution. As a constitutional officer, the Sheriff has the exclusive authority to administer his or her agency and is responsible for preserving the peace throughout the entire county, carrying out the laws of the state, the orders of Florida courts, and the ordinances of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement and correctional officer of the county.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis was initially appointed as the Sheriff of Hernando County by the Governor in January of 2011. He was then elected by the people of Hernando County in 2012, ran unopposed in 2016, and was re-elected in 2020. Sheriff Nienhuis remains accountable to the people of Hernando County.

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