Suspects in Manatee's 9th homicide not same 2 arrested

rdymond@bradenton.comAugust 16, 2013 

MANATEE -- A 32-year-old man was fatally struck in the stomach by a spray of gunfire about 2:25 p.m. Thursday from two assailants who also wounded a second man in the leg at a house in the 4300 block of Eighth Street Court East.

The homicide, Manatee County's ninth of the year, claimed the life of 32-year-old Lytreeon Collins, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

Collins fought for his life but was pronounced dead at a local hospital, said Dave Bristow, a Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

The second victim, who is 18, was being treated at a local hospital for a non-life-threatening injury, according to the sheriff's office.

Witnesses told sheriff's office detectives they saw a gold car pull up to the house where Collins and another man were sitting outside on chairs and two occupants opened fire.

"We are not sure if they shot from the car or stepped outside and shot," Bristow said.

Bradenton police arrested two men with guns shortly after the shooting. But it doesn't appear the two arrested men are the killers, said Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski.

"It looks like, according to detectives, that our two arrests for a home invasion are not suspects in the shooting," Radzilowski e-mailed the Herald Thursday evening.

Travis Hickman of Bradenton and Sergio Seltzer of Clearwater, whose gold car matched the description of the car used in the fatal shooting, were in custody Thursday night on charges of being felons in possession of a firearm, said Capt. William Fowler of the Bradenton Police Department.

Hickman was also charged with a home invasion committed Thursday, Fowler said.

As BPD officers Del Shiflett and Bryan Stay heard the dispatcher call for officers to watch for a gold car, they spotted a gold Mercury Sable and decided to talk to the occupants.

Hickman and Seltzer sped off as the officers tried to initiate a stop, Fowler said. Hickman and Seltzer stopped their vehicle in front of a house in the 2000 block of Eighth Avenue East and tried to run inside, Fowler said.

"We believe they chose the house at random and did not know the people inside," Fowler said.

Seltzer was stopped by police outside the house but Hickman went inside surprising a woman and her three children, Fowler said.

"We approached the house and the kids let us inside," Fowler said. "We arrested Hickman as he tried to run out of the house."

Karina Martinez lives next door to where the shooting happened. She cooks for migrant farm workers in an apartment building across the street.

She's a single mom with four children, ages 5 to 14, trying to raise her children with respect, she said.

"This is very scary," she said. "How will I feel now just walking outside with my children?"

She said the chairs where the victims were shot are the same chairs where late night "activity" has being going on since new tenants moved in.

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

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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