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Still no arrest in deadly Thanksgiving shooting
Still no arrest in deadly Thanksgiving shooting

Ruskin, Florida --The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says the Thanksgiving morning shooting that left two brothers dead and four others wounded remains a top priority for homicide detectives.

Read:  2 brothers killed in Thanksgiving morning shooting; 4 injured

"Detectives are still working diligently on this case and we're still asking for the public's assistance in looking for the green mini-van," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, Debbie Carter.

Detectives say the gunman drove up to the Ocean Mist Court home in the mini-van and approached the group of people playing cards on the front porch.

Witnesses say the man was wearing a black t-shirt that had a sheriff's logo on the front and "security" written on the back.

"We know that when he went to the residence, he asked for someone by a specific name. We're not releasing that name.  According to the victims, they said they didn't know who that person was," explained Carter.

It was at this point that witnesses say the man pulled out a .45 caliber handgun and began shooting at the crowd, hitting six people.

22-year-old Sergio Guitran and his brother 28-year-old Juan Guitran died from their injuries.  Four others were also hit by the bullets and are recovering at area hospitals.

Detectives have determined the shirt the suspect was wearing is a generic law enforcement shirt that can be found in many stores and is available to the general public.

"It's not supposed to [have] happened.  Why did it go down like this?  Two innocents gone," Royce Cavazos told 10 News on Thursday morning, as he wiped tears away from his face.

Friends say the Guitrans were at the wrong place at the wrong time and believe the shooter targeted the wrong home.

The Guitran brothers were not known to get into trouble, but they were known for their dedication to work and family.

Both brothers were employed and worked hard to bring money home to help support their mother. 

Their mother told 10 News on Thursday she lost her husband around Christmas last year and her boys were all she had left.

Sergio Guitran was up for a promotion at B & M Precision Inc according to his boss, Willie Malave.

"We just had that conversation two Fridays ago.  I just spoke to him on Wednesday to see how the other kids are training in that department," said Malave.

Guitran was supposed to move to a new area of the company as a department leader.

"I don't think he was ever late for work.  He was always here.  Very dependable," said Malave.

He says Guitran's benefits package will help cover his funeral costs and provide some money for his family.

Badcock Furniture, where Juan was employed, is raising money to help Juan's family cover his funeral costs.

The funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

Suspect description: White male, 30-40 years old, short dark brown or black bushy hair. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with a "sheriff" logo on the front and "security" written on the back (this shirt appears to be a common type of shirt sold to the general public with generic law enforcement logos). He drove away in a green mini-van.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man responsible.


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