Manatee detectives locate 2nd 'person of interest' in drive-by shooting; no arrests made

jdeleon@bradenton.comAugust 21, 2013 

MANATEE -- Detectives have located the second "person of interest" in a drive-by shooting that injured a 4-year-old Bradenton boy.

Davian Evans-Dufrene, 21, is confirmed to be at Campbellsville University in Kentucky where he is on the football team, according to Manatee County Sheriff's Office Detective Darryl Davis.

Evans-Dufrene was named a person of interest Tuesday morning by the sheriff's office. Detectives believe he may have been in the car from which shots were fired. It is still unclear how long he has been back at school or if he was in Bradenton at the time of the shooting.

Davis said he has not actually spoken with Evans-Dufrene.

His half-brother, Horatio Papillion, walked into the sheriff's office Tuesday asking if there was a warrant for his arrest. He was reportedly upset his brother had been named a person of interest.

Papillion, accompanied by a lawyer, refused to give detectives a statement.

"It's still an active inves

tigation pending leads," Davis said. "It's disheartening, if Horatio is truly not a person of interest, then he could just give a statement."

Davien Martinez was shot in the head July 27 when a stray bullet entered his bedroom as people in one vehicle shot at another while heading southbound on 26th Street West in Bradenton.

Detectives say they have spoken to the driver of the second vehicle, who says he does not know who fired shots at him. Detectives have now confirmed shots were fired by participants in just one vehicle instead of two as originally believed.

Davis insists someone knows what happened, and is hoping for a break in the case when they come forward.

Davien continues to recover at home after being released from the hospital Saturday. Doctors said he was recovering so well he could continue treatment on an out-patient basis.

Davien was in bed with his mother, Diana Lopez, about to take a nap the Saturday morning he was shot. The stray bullet entered the bedroom and struck him in the head despite his mother's efforts to protect him by rolling off the bed at the sound of shots. Lopez has been at Davien's side since the shooting where she will remain as her son recovers.

Davien has lost vision in his right eye and partial hearing in one ear. Doctors are unsure if the damage is permanent.

Lopez said she continues to hope someone will come forward with information so the person who shot her son can be held responsible.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call Davis at 941-747-3011, ext. 2535, or CrimeStoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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