BRADENTON -- The 15-year-old heard the unmistakable crack of two gunshots and a scream.
The next thing the Central High School student recalls from Monday night is a flood of Bradenton Police Department units responding to a shooting at her apartment complex, which is at Sheridan Place in the 300 block of 26th Avenue West.
"People were outside and some were screaming, 'He's dead, he's dead!'" the girl recalled Tuesday.
At about 6:24 p.m. Monday, Carlos Albert Jurado was standing in a parking area, next to a sidewalk, inside the apartment complex when someone shot him several times, according to a Bradenton police news release. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
For the 15-year-old, her 13-year-old brother and a 16-year-old friend, the shoot
ing was disturbingly close to home.
Although the police would not let residents get close, the girl saw the lifeless hand of the victim as he was being covered in the street.
"It tells me I need to be more careful whenever I am outside," she told the Herald. "What if we got shot? We should be indoors more."
The three teens, who are not being named here because of their age, say they never saw Jurado before and didn't know if he was a resident in the complex.
An apartment manager would not comment if Jurado lived at Sheridan Place.
The teens said they felt the shooting was linked to drugs or gangs, but they say that hasn't been a problem of late.
"Miss Sabrina (the apartment manager) has cleaned this place up," the 16-year-old said. "There was crime here, but after she became manager she swept it away. It's been safe until now."
The girl called the shooting a "hit and run."
"I think the person who shot him just went up to him, shot twice and ran," the 15-year-old said.
The teens had no idea why Jurado was standing in the parking lot by the sidewalk.
"I think he tried to get away," she said.
Capt. Warren Merriman of the Bradenton Police Department said Tuesday there were no new details of the case available.
"We are hoping we will have more on Wednesday," Merriman said.
The case is being investigated by the Manatee Homicide Investigative Unit.
Jurado's death is the third homicide of the year in Manatee County, all of which were within the city limits of Bradenton. All the cases are being investigated by the countywide investigative unit, which was formed in January.
Anyone with information about Jurado's slaying can call police Det. James Curulla at 941-747-3011, ext. 2224, or call Crimestoppers at 866-634-TIPS or send an anonymous E-tip through www.manateecrimestoppers.com.