13th AV Dream Center in Bradenton vows to increase security

August 2, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Security at the 13th AV Dream Center will be increased in response to the fatal shooting Thursday evening of a man while youth football teams were practicing, officials said Friday.

"Moving forward, the Dream Center and the Manatee Mustangs will provide increased security during practices and games and will work closely with (Bradenton Police Department) and local law enforcement agencies to provide the safest environment for its program participants and their families," wrote Patrick Carnegie, president/CEO of the center's operator, United Community Centers, in a statement.

Carnegie called the shooting "an isolated incident ... in no way related to the programs" offered at the center, in the 900 block of 24th Street East.

A man was shot and killed during a Manatee Mustangs youth football practice at 8:09 p.m. Thursday, sending a terrified crowd estimated at about 400 running for cover. Citing police, Bay News 9 identified the man as Brenton Coleman Sr.

No arrests have been made.

In response to the shooting, Carnegie said administration and staff at the center executed its critical response plan, and provided a safe place for children and adults who had not gone to their cars. Any children who had not left with their parents were not released to an adult until after police arrived, Carnegie said.

In an email Friday morning, Carnegie said he would organizing a community effort "aimed at eradicating the ills of our community.

"This community must stand together and not allow individuals who have the mentality to carry out senseless acts of violence and put the lives of innocent women and children in danger any longer," he said.

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