3 arrested after shooting during football practice at Palmetto Youth Center

September 22, 2013 

PALMETTO -- Three people, including two juveniles, were charged with attempted murder after what police described as a "brazen" shooting Saturday during football practice at the Palmetto Youth Center.

No one was injured in the shooting, the second such outburst of violence at a local community center in recent months.

The suspects were arrested after a police pursuit started by officers who had been working security at the youth center.

About 2:30 p.m., a car stopped in front of the Palmetto Youth Center, 501 17th St. W., Palmetto, according to a Palmetto Police Department news release.

Two people got out of the car and started firing handguns at two spectators who were leaving the parking lot on foot.

Bullets struck a parked car and a tree, police said.

Officers and other witnesses then saw the suspects' car speed off, west on 17th Street West.

Palmetto police chased the car, and the pursuit continued into Bradenton.

Deputies from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office join in the chase, which eventually came to an end in the 1600 block of 26th Avenue East, after the suspects' car struck stop sticks deployed by deputies, police said.

Three suspects were arrested on charges of attempted murder: Darion Lazier, 23; Chris Jackson, 17; and Wesley Blanc, 15. Additionally, Jackson was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon; and Lazier was charged with fleeing to elude.

Police said they recovered two guns from the car.

Lazier was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail. Information about the juveniles was not immediately available.

This was the second shooting this summer during an event at a Manatee County youth center.

On Aug. 1, Brenton Coleman Sr., 39, was shot to death during a football practice at the 13 Av Dream Center, 922 24th St. E., Bradenton. No arrests have been made.

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