1 killed, 2 injured in Plant City workplace shooting

A Plant City business owner was shot and killed following an ongoing dispute with two men who were living on the property

A Plant City business owner was shot and killed following an ongoing dispute with two men who were living on the property

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department homicide detectives are investigating a shooting at Bliss Enterprises on Knights Griffin Road in Plant City.

The incident happened so close to the Polk-Hillsborough County line that Polk deputies were one of the first on scene.

Deputies declined to name the wounded men or the person suspected of shooting Bliss.

Authorities say a relative of one of the men who was shot heard the gunfire, came into the office and shot Bliss.

"There had been an ongoing dispute over being on this property for the last several weeks", Lusczynski said.

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When they arrived, they found the owner of the business, Richard Bliss, deceased from a gunshot wound, along with two additional male gunshot victims. Bliss was shot by a relative of the two men he had shot, deputies said.

One of the wounded men was living and working on the property but had been asked to leave, Lusczynski said. One is reportedly in critical condition and the other is stable.

According to broadcast reports, the shooting took place around 4 p.m.at Bliss Enterprises of Plant City, Inc. Deputies are investigating whether or not criminal charges will follow.

Bliss Enterprises, a family-owned business, is well-known in the area for building various styles of barns.

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