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Editor's Note: This story was corrected to state the wounded man was taken by ambulance to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Details about a deadly shooting outside a Crystal River-area restaurant remain scarce.

Citing ongoing investigations Monday, Sept. 20, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office would not release additional information about the fatal gunfire its deputies responded to at around 2 a.m. Sept. 18, near The Loft Bar & Grill off of North Citrus Avenue.

A Nature Coast EMS ambulance crew transported a wounded man to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported.

Authorities deemed the incident to be isolated in nature, with no danger to the public.

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Detectives have asked for the public to phone in any information about what happened by calling the sheriff’s office at 352-249-2790.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous and become eligible for cash reward by contacting Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 888-269-8477.

Morgan Cook, The Loft’s owner, said the shooting happened in the parking lot and didn’t involve her business, which, she said, takes many precautions to prevent unruly behavior.

“The isolated incident where someone sadly lost their life,” Cook said, reciting a post from The Loft’s Facebook page, “was not inside our establishment, did not have anything to do with anything that transpired at our establishment, and was orchestrated by individuals who were not even patrons at our establishment.”

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Cook said The Loft is cooperating with sheriff’s office investigators, and will trespass those involved.

“We would also like to thank everyone who reached out in worry and concern for the staff,” she said. “We love you and appreciate you.”

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916, or visit to see more of his stories.

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