Deputy stops gunman on shooting rampage in Lealman neighborhood, officials say

LEALMAN, Fla. (WFLA) – Two people are in the hospital after a deputy-involved shooting. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 46th Avenue N Tuesday afternoon, with reports that 65-year-old Larry Dennis Hoad fired shots in the Lealman neighborhood.

“I was working and all of a sudden I heard, seven or eight gunshots,” said London Hoods, who works at a motorcycle shop on the corner.

Deputies said Hoad was upset after having been served eviction papers earlier that morning. He had 24 hours to leave the triplex he was living in. Investigators said Hoad armed himself with a rifle and a handgun and went looking for victims to shoot. This began around 1 p.m., investigators said.

“The original shots fired call was because Hoad had shot another person who lives in the same house as he did,” Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

Sheriff Gualtieri said after Hoad shot his neighbor in the chest, he then fired on two painters working on the house. One painter ran away to find help.

Jean Lamb found the painter pacing outside her business, when he explained what happened. “Because the gentleman who shot him found out he was getting evicted and so he went back inside, came back out with a gun and shot my partner who was on the ladder,” Lamb said.

Detectives said Hoad then shot a neighbor’s house. Investigators said he fired nearly a dozen bullets into the home. The homeowner was not hit. Hoad then went looking for another person to shoot, but that individual was not home, deputies said.

Deputy Sgt. Matthew McLane spotted Hoad in an alley, headed his way. Sgt. McLane ordered Hoad to drop his weapons, the sheriff said. Instead, Hoad allegedly fired two shots at the deputy.

The bullets missed the deputy and struck his vehicle. Sgt. McLane returned fired and struck Hoad in the chest.

Sheriff Gualtieri said Hoad’s criminal past does not include anything major.

“He’s 65-year-old guy, but obviously very violent and was looking to kill people, and we’re very fortunate he didn’t kill a deputy,” Sheriff Gualtieri said.

Both Hoad and the neighbor were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Hoad is charged with three counts of attempted murder and two counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling. Sgt. McLane is on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol. The shooting remains under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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