Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies raced to the scene of a domestic violence situation that resulted in an apparent murder-suicide this morning after receiving a call for help from an individual hiding in a closet inside a Glen Lakes home in Weeki Wachee.

Deputies arrived to discover Dr. Heather Schramm of Nature Coast Center For Primary Care and her husband deceased shortly after receiving a 911 call for help about a home invasion shortly after 6 a.m. this morning. Dr. Schramm had been shot by her husband before he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

According to official reports, the caller told the 9-1-1 operator that someone had made entry into the home and that shots were being fired.  The caller, and at least one other person, hid in a closet throughout the incident and waited there until the arrival of law enforcement.

Sources reveal the married couple had separated.  Dr. Schramm’s husband had relocated to another residence in Spring Hill, while Dr. Schramm remained in the Glen Lakes home. 

Early this morning, Mr. Schramm returned to the Glen Lakes residence, forced entry into the home and began shooting Dr. Schramm, killing her.  Mr. Schramm then killed himself, inside the Glen Lakes residence, say detectives.

Dr. Schramm was an accomplished doctor who had previously specialized in genetic research. She switched her focus to pediatric medicine after her two children were born. She was much loved by her patients and the community in which she lived and worked. She was especially loved by the parents of her patients who were medically complex.

According to the Oak Hill Hospital website, “Dr. Schramm grew up in California and received both her MD and a PhD in genetics at University of California at Davis. She fell in love with pediatrics after having two children while in medical school and next completed a pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville. She has been practicing medicine for over 10 years, with a breadth of experiences ranging from working as a pediatric hospitalist for a major children’s hospital to practicing in rural Alaska. Due to this diverse background she is comfortable managing all aspects of pediatric care from newborns through young adults. She has a special interest in caring for children with complex medical conditions. She also manages common pediatric conditions such as asthma, obesity, developmental disorders and ADHD. Outside of work she enjoys living an active lifestyle with her husband and children. Her free time is spent at her children’s softball games and karate competitions, as well as often competing herself in running, cycling, and obstacle course racing events.”

Our hearts go out to Dr. Schramm’s children. She was loved by everyone who knew her.

If you know someone in need of help in Hernando County please call the Dawn Center helpline at 352-686-8430. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

(Correction: Nature Coast Center For Primary Care is the correct name of Dr. Schramm’s office. The name was originally incorrectly published as Nature Coast Primary Care.)