Pasco County Sheriff Needs Your Help in Deadly Shooting at Athletic Park

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. – On October 17, 2020, just before 1 p.m., a shooting occurred at Samuel Pasco Athletic Park located at 39835 Chancey Road in Zephyrhills.

The victim, identified as Carl Branch, 32 years old, from the Ft. Myers area, was shot and killed in the parking lot by unknown suspect(s). 

The shooting happened while a children’s football tournament was occurring. Detectives believe the suspect(s), who were described as black males, may also be from the Ft. Myers area. 

The victim Carl Branch

The suspect(s) were traveling in a 4-door Nissan sedan, white in color, with damage to the driver’s side quarter panel, which is painted a primer color.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect(s) involved in this case. 

Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspect(s) and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at, or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

Crime Stoppers must be contacted first in order to be eligible for a cash reward.


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