Sheriff's office names 'person of interest' in Bradenton drive-by shooting

July 29, 2013 

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has identified a 20-year-old man as a "person of interest" in the drive-by shooting of a 4-year-old boy in Bradenton on Saturday.

The sheriff's office said Horatio Papillion, may have been in one of two vehicles possibly involved in the case, according to a news release.

"Detectives now believe shots were fired from the suspect vehicle toward another vehicle and one of the rounds happened to enter the house where the boy lives," the news release states.

The boy, who was shot in the head, remains hospitalized in a St. Petersburg hospital. The sheriff's office has described his injuries as non-life-threatening.

The shooting occurred at 11:19 a.m. Saturday on the 2600 block of 36th Avenue West, according to the sheriff's office.

The home the boy and his mother live in is on the property of the Congregational United Church of Christ.

The sheriff's office said Saturday the shooting possibly was related to gang activity.

Anyone with information about the case, including Papillion's whereabouts, can call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2535 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

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