PALMETTO -- A member of the Palmetto Police Department tipped his cap to the victims and witnesses who came forward to help the department make two arrests Monday in a drive-by shooting that injured two women Sunday in the 300 block of 15th Street West in Palmetto.
"Give the credit where the credit is due," Palmetto Police Department Deputy Chief Scott Tyler said. "We did our job, but we also had witnesses willing to testify."
Two suspects were charged with four counts of attempted murder: 16-year-old Melvin Davis of Palmetto, a student at Horizons Academy, and 22-year-old Quavonte Jamari Reddick, of Palmetto.
At about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, witnesses told police Reddick slowly drove a 1999 gold Ford several times by a home where five people were standing outside. Reddick was identified by two victims as the driver of the vehicle, according to the report. One victim reportedly knew Reddick by name.
On the last drive-by, witnesses told police Davis fired several shots from the back seat from a black handgun,
possibly a .45-caliber.
Out of five people standing outside, a 27-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman, both from Palmetto, were hit by gunfire shrapnel. They were treated for minor injuries and released from Manatee Memorial Hospital, according to police.
A vehicle and a home were also struck by bullets, police said.
One victim reportedly identified Davis in a photo lineup as the shooter.
A witness told police she loaned her car to Davis about a half hour earlier.
Tyler was elated by the cooperation Palmetto police received from witnesses and victims, noting victims in the past would usually say they saw nothing and no witnesses would come forward.
"I think people have become enraged at gun violence," Tyler said.
Reddick was in the Manatee County jail Monday night without bond, according to the sheriff's office website.
Davis is also being held without bond, but details about his incarceration, given his juvenile status, were not disclosed, Tyler said. The arrest report shows Davis is a convicted felon.
Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072.