TAMPA, Fla. - Two men have been arrested in connection with a triple shooting that killed two women and injured another during a home invasion and robbery at a home near Tampa, on Sunday morning.
Jason Mark Burnett, 37, and Gary Honish, 47, were arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Burnett faces two counts of first-degree murder, home invasion robbery and aggravated assault charges. Honish faces an accessory after the fact to home invasion robbery charge.
Fern Goodings, 56, was dead inside the home when deputies arrived. Nell Mason, 52, was taken to a hospital where she later died. Christina Soto, 35, ran down the street after being shot. She was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where she was in critical condition. Deputies said she is expected to survive. The three women lived together - Mason was Soto's mother and Giddings was a family friend.
According to investigators, Honish told Burnett he had done some drug transactions with the women and suggested they would be prime targets for a robbery. He told Burnett they might have drugs and cash on hand.
Deputies say Honish drove Burnett to the women's house on Sunday morning.
Someone who walked into the house and found the bodies ran to a nearby sheriff's substation to report the crime.
By Sunday afternoon, deputies had two suspects - Burnett and Honish. They were arrested and taken in for questioning. Detectives recovered a gun, which they believe was used in the shooting.
Investigators said Burnett has a long criminal record that includes home invasion, animal cruelty, assault on a law enforcement officer, grand theft and burglary. State records show he finished serving a 10-year sentence in 2010 on charges related to armed robbery and battery on a law enforcement officer.
Burnett and Honish remained in jail without bond on Monday. There were no attorneys listed on jail records.
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