No arrests yet in Manatee's 9th homicide

Herald staff writersAugust 17, 2013 

MANATEE -- Detectives continue to search for the two men responsible for a shooting in Manatee County Thursday afternoon that left one man dead and another injured.

Investigators now believe the suspects were driving a gray or silver sedan at the time of the shooting, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

"The initial reports we received was that it was gold," Dave Bristow, a sheriff's office spokesman, said Friday. "Since then, the investigation has led us to it being gray or silver."

Lytreeon Collins, 32, and an 18-year-old man were both sitting in the driveway of a duplex in the 4300 block of Eighth Street Court East when the two suspects got out of their vehicle and one began to shoot at both men, striking them.

The victims were both taken to a local hospital. Collins was later pronounced dead and the man who was shot in the leg is expected to recover.

"Detectives are working several leads in the case but at this time, no one has been charged in connection with the shooting," Bristow stated in a news release. "We don't have any suspects or persons of interest right now that we can release."

Authorities still haven't learned what the motive in the shooting but detectives feel the shooting was not random, Bristow said.

"While we don't think this was a random incident, it is still unclear if the shooting is connected to any other recent incidents," Bristow added.

Collins' death marks the ninth homicide in Manatee County this year.

The neighborhood where Collins was killed is filled with children.

The sheriff's office will step up patrols in that area, Bristow said.

"After a homicide, we will always go in an area and keep a closer eye on it," Bristow said.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2513.

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