Man shot to death in Bradenton

rdymond@bradenton.comAugust 6, 2012 

MANATEE - Six Manatee County Sheriff's Office officials, including detectives, stood in the street in the 2600 block Sixth Street East at 1 p.m. Monday, comparing notes, trying to figure out exactly how and where Ernest T. Curry got shot Sunday night.

They are hoping the "who did it" will come later.

Curry, 22, died at 10:51 Manatee Memorial Hospital due to a torso wound, according to the sheriff's office's preliminary report.

"We're brainstorming," said Capt. Bill Jordan, the lead investigator on the case. "We have blood at so many different places. He moved around quite a lot."

There is blood on nearby 33rd Avenue East Jordan said.

There are spent ammo rounds in an abandoned house in the 2600 block of Sixth Street East near where the officials stood and near where neighbors first heard gunfire. Detectives walked through the high grass at the house, looking for more shell casings or other evidence.

But Jordan said he is not sure exactly how this house was involved.

Curry, who became the county's 15th homicide of the year, apparently walked around for about an hour with a gunshot in the arm and torso before he was dropped off by someone at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

"A lot of people are saying that he died in the street, which is not true," Jordan said.

Curry was not able to talk to police before he died, Jordan added.

"The crime scene is really about a three-street wide area," said Jordan, who didn't leave the scene until 7 a.m. Monday and returned six hours later. "We're canvassing the neighbors and talking to people."

Maria Martinez, who lives with her husband on Sixth Street East, said she heard a "boom, boom, boom" at 10 p.m. and immediately took her grandchildren to a bedroom.

"My husband and I were watching TV when we heard the shots," Martinez said.

"This is a very quiet street, not even loud music," Martinez said. "Most all the people who live on this street are from Mexico."

Martinez said she couldn't be sure but she thought the shooters were in a car.

A second victim in the shooting was hit once in the shoulder, according to the earlier report, and also dropped off at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

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