Riverview man arrested for shooting a woman in the back, lied to deputies about owning a gun

Posted at 6:45 PM, Feb 24, 2017

Hillsborough County Deputies arrested a Riverview man they say shot a woman in the back inside of his home early Sunday morning.

According to a search warrant of the home in the Towne Estates subdivision, 41-year-old Edward Castro initially told 911 dispatchers he was outside of his home when an "unknown suspect" shot the woman in his 2nd story bathroom.

Castro appeared to leave the woman while being directed to render aid until emergency crews arrived, according to the warrant. Castro also told deputies he did not own a gun.

According to neighbors, deputies spent about 12 hours searching the home and surrounding areas, including a pond and a neighbor's vehicles, for the weapon used in the crime. Deputies finally found two guns hidden in a bush two houses down.

Deputies say Castro eventually admitted to the shooting, but says it was accidental.

Arrest documents show Castro is on felony probation. He claimed he denied the shooting and hid his guns because he was afraid he would get into trouble.

We are not identifying the woman or her relationship to Castro because she is the victim of a crime.