Hernando County 911 call recounts terror during shootings

Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 1:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 4:02 p.m.

BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County authorities have released the 911 call made during a shooting rampage that killed two women and led to the later shooting of a Dixie County sheriff's deputy.

Amy Wilson is heard pleading for emergency workers to get to the scene, even as blood poured out of her wounded shoulder. She was one of four women shot at a home last Thursday in Brooksville, about an hour north of Tampa.

Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent said the shootings stemmed from a domestic dispute. Killed were the suspected shooter's sister, 61-year-old Kathryn Donovan, and 59-year-old Deborah Buckley Tillotson.

Wounded were 33-year-old Wilson and Kathryn Donovan's pregnant 18-year-old daughter, Manessa Donovan. Both were in stable condition. Manessa Donovan lost her baby because of her injuries, Nugent said. Wilson and Tillotson worked for Kathryn Donovan in her home-based fabrics business.

Authorities said 55-year-old John Kalisz shot them. He then fled north and is accused of killing a Dixie County sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed in a shootout. Kalisz was injured in the crossfire.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office released the 911 call on Wednesday.

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