Manatee detectives continue searching for 'person of interest' in drive-by shooting

July 31, 2013 


MANATEE -- Manatee County Sheriff's Office detectives continue to look for a person of interest in the shooting last week of a 4-year-old boy in Bradenton.

Investigators believe Horatio Papillion was in one of two vehicles involved in a shooting Saturday near the intersection of 26th Street West and 36th Avenue West.

A fired bullet struck a nearby house and the boy, who was injured in the head, according to the sheriff's office.

"Detectives are also trying to locate a man who was seen running near the crime scene after the shooting," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

The man was described as having short blonde hair with tattoos on his right arm and right shoulder. He was wearing blue jean shorts. He wasn't wearing blue jean shorts but was carrying what appeared to be a black shirt, according to the sheriff's office.

"Detectives want to talk to this person to see what he witnessed in connection with the shooting," the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office on Wednesday said detectives have been told the boy could be in the hospital for three or four more weeks.

Anyone with information about the shooting and/or Papilion's whereabouts can call Detective Darryl Davis at 941-747-3011, ext 2535, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

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