Sheriff: 1 dead, 1 hurt in Bradenton shooting; 2 suspects detained

rdymond@bradenton.comAugust 15, 2013 

MANATEE -- One person is dead and another is injured after a shooting in Bradenton on Thursday afternoon, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Bradenton police arrested two suspects after officers saw their car, which apparently matched the description of the one used by the shooters.

About 2:20 p.m., a car pulled in front of a duplex in the 4300 block of Eighth Street Court East in Bradenton. Two men got out and opened fire on two men sitting outside, according to the sheriff's office.

One man, identified as Lytreeon Collins, 32, was struck in the stomach and later died. The second victim, who is 18, was shot in the leg and was being treated for a non-life-threatening injury, according to the sheriff's office.

Shortly after the shooting a Be On the Look Out alert went out for a suspect vehicle, said Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski.

Witnesses to the shooting that they saw a gold car containing two men stop and the men open fire on two men sitting in chairs in front of the residence, said Dave Bristow, a sheriff's office spokesman.

"Two Bradenton Police Department officers on patrol in their area did some damn good police work to pay attention to the BOLO and spot a vehicle matching the description," Radzilowski said.

The suspects fled from the officers, the stopped the car. One suspect an into a house in the 2000 of Eighth Avenue East. The other suspect was captured before getting into the house, Radzilowski said.

"He held a mother and three kids hostage until officers could place them under arrest," Radzilowski said of the suspect who went into the house.

When sufficient backup raced to the area, numerous officers charged the house, Radzilowski said.

A gun, not yet officially connected to the killing just minutes earlier about 20 blocks away, was found in the house, Radzilowski said.

"No one was hurt," Radzilowski said. "Our officers were upset because the suspect seemed to be pushing the little kids around inside the house."

Karina Martinez lives next door to where the shooting happened.

"I wish they would deal with their problems man to man," she said after the shooting.

She said the chairs that are now scattered in the front yard of the crime scene are where "activity" all night long has taken place since new tenants recently moved in.

The victims were sitting in the chairs Thursday when the shooting happened.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2513 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

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