Man shot in chest during argument

Published: Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:42 p.m.

A Fanning Springs man was fighting for his life in a Gainesville hospital on Saturday after being shot in the chest during an argument Friday night.

Hernandez Riogberto, 27, was shot at least once in the upper chest at about 10:40 p.m. Friday, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

The man suspected of firing the gun was identified by deputies as Nestor Giron Ruiz, 23, of Chiapas, Mexico. He had not been located as of Saturday.

Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Evan Sullivan said the shooting happened in the McDougal Mobile Home Park at 17961 NW 90th Court in Fanning Springs.

Deputies said witnesses told them Riogberto lived at the park with his brother and was walking with him when Ruiz approached them and an argument began. The topic of the argument was unknown Saturday, but it ended when Riogberto was shot and Ruiz fled from the area, deputies said.

Riogberto was flown to a Gainesville hospital, where Sullivan said he underwent two surgeries and was listed in guarded and very critical condition Saturday.

Ruiz was identified by witnesses and with identification found inside a wallet he apparently dropped at the scene of the shooting, deputies said. He is a Hispanic male, about 5-foot-6 and about 140 pounds, with a medium build and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a flowered dress shirt, jeans, a brown or burgundy jacket, and a black baseball cap.

Sullivan said Ruiz should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 352-486-5111. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call toll-free at 877-349-8477.

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