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Brooksville rampage victims were shot in head, neck, autopsies reveal


Published:   |   Updated: September 2, 2014 at 02:01 PM

Autopsies conducted on three of the four victims in Friday’s shooting rampage in Brooksville found that they died from gunshot wounds to the head and neck, according to a release from the Brooksville Police Department.

Killed were Jannie Taylor, 81, Ralph Peyton, 29, and Tarasha Townsend, 37, who is the mother of the suspect’s two young daughters.

The fourth victim, Gabriel Taylor, 33, is the suspect’s half-brother and was listed in stable condition with numerous gunshot wounds to the head/face, upper body and shoulder, police said.

George Mason III, 42, of Lutz, has been charged with three counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide in the shootings, which happened around 9 p.m. Friday at 820 Peach St. and nearby Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Mason was shooting his half-brother, Gabriel Taylor, 33, in the middle of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, when he was struck by a full-size Dodge Ram pickup traveling about 45 mph, ending the incident, police said.

He is listed in stable condition with numerous broken bones and internal injuries and is under guard of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, police said. Witnesses have come forward and cooperated with the investigation, which is still underway.

Police did not reveal a motive in the media release, although they have said some sort of argument occurred prior to the rampage.

According to Brooksville Police Chief George Turner: Mason started shooting inside the house, killing Jannie Taylor and Peyton; Gabriel Taylor also was initially shot inside the house; Mason then went outside and shot Townsend, his girlfriend, who was left “dead in the middle of the road.”

Gabriel Taylor tried to get away and Mason chased him down and began shooting him in the middle of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Mason is a convicted felon with numerous arrests on a variety of charges involving drugs, domestic battery, sexual activity with a minor, violating a restraining order, stalking, fleeing to elude law enforcement and several other charges, records show.

Mason and Townsend lived together at 24922 Oakhaven Ct., Lutz.

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