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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-038

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 11, 2018
    • Contact Person:
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    • 813-247-8060

    Attempted Murder

    Detectives arrest teenager in shooting at convenience store.
    • Wednesday
    • January 10, 2018
    • Time: 10:55 AM
    • 601 41 Hwy North
    • Ruskin, Florida


    Derrick Gilghrest
    DOB 3/7/1998

    Charges: Attempted Murder


    Earl Williams
    DOB 10/14/1995



    Deputies arrested Derrick Gilghrest Wednesday night and charged him with the attempted murder of Earl Williams stemming from a shooting incident earlier in the day in Ruskin. Williams was in his black 2012 Cadillac STS in front of Fat Boys Convenience Store, 601 41 Highway North, when a 2015 White Ford Explorer pulled up behind him and intentionally blocked him in. Around 10:55 a.m., Gilghrest, a passenger in the vehicle carrying three other individuals, fired four rounds from a 40 caliber pistol into Williams vehicle striking him once
    in the back. Williams was transported to a local area hospital where he is in critical but stable condition.

    Gilghrest and the rest of the individuals in the Explorer fled the scene and were later found and detained at a home located at 1105 Shared Passion Court, Ruskin. After obtaining a Court authorized search warrant, detectives found two handguns in the home.

    The investigation continues.

    Anyone with any information in reference to this incident is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. You may also send an anonymous tip from a smart phone using HCSOSheriff app available on both android and apple products. To be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using their P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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