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Two men found with gunshot wounds in Tarpon Springs

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Two well liked Tarpon Springs homeless men were sent to the hospital after a double shooting Monday afternoon.

One of those men died from his wounds Monday night.

"They never bothered nobody, literally they never bothered nobody," said friend Brian Browder.

The shooting happened at about 2:30 Monday afternoon in a wooded area behind the Florida Capital Bank on Tarpon Avenue.

Police say a bank employee called 911 after hearing what she thought were gun shots.

She also thought she saw someone running from the scene.

But instead of finding a shooter, responding officers found victims.

"We did find the two individuals in the wooded area right there," said Captain Jeff Young of the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

Those two men, who remained unidentified, were found near a retention pond on Walton street.

Both men were shot in the head.

Several people in the area say they know the pair.

It's believed both have been homeless for years.

"They had their regulars come by everyday and would bring them food and bring them money," said Browder.

Milad Mikhael owns a store near where the shooting took place.

He says the victims are regulars.

"They're always there in the store and always sit in the street," said Mikhael.

At this point, it's a mystery why they were targeted.

"I don't see how they could be any harm to anybody," said Rev. James Warren of Tarpon Springs.

"They never bother nobody, they never do any bad thing," said Mikhael.

Monday night police were still searching for the suspect and a motive behind what many are calling a senseless act of violence.

After the death of one of the victims many in the community are praying for the other man recover and hope a suspect is soon brought to justice.

"I hope they get whoever did that to them. People are going crazy with these guns," said Warren.

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