Bradenton man charged with firing gun in public


Noel Christ

BRADENTON -- A 42-year-old Bradenton man who has a prior conviction for attempted second-degree murder is in jail for firing a gun in public and carrying a concealed weapon, among other charges.

Noel Emerson Christ of the 2800 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton, was seen by a witness shooting a silver semi-automatic .32 caliber handgun toward an auto parts store at 1925 14th St. W., Bradenton, according to a Bradenton Police Department report.

Christ allegedly shot the gun at 8:43 p.m. Thursday, the report states.

When officers took the gun from Christ, it was fully loaded with one round in the chamber, the report states.

Officers interviewed a witness who said Christ was walking down the street flashing the firearm and pointing it.

The witness said Christ fired one round toward the auto parts store, the report states.

A witness also said Christ had been drinking all day and recently broke up with his girlfriend and wanted the police to shoot him, according to the report.

The report states that Christ was convicted of attempted second-degree murder and armed burglary of an occupied dwelling in 1994.

Christ was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm in public and use of a firearm under the influence of alcohol, the report states.

Christ remained in the Manatee County jail Friday subject to a $65,120 bond, according to the sheriff's office website.

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