BRADENTON - A 26-year-old man was shot twice Sunday night in a Bradenton park, and authorities suspect his attackers wanted his mobile phone.
The victim, who was listed as being in stable condition at Blake Hospital as of Monday, told officers with the Bradenton Police Department that three people were involved in the shooting at Norma Lloyd Park. The Bradenton Police Department is still searching for suspects.
The shooting is the second in six months that has taken place at or near the park. In August, 39-year-old Brenton Coleman, Sr. was shot to death by two masked gunmen in the parking lot of the adjacent 13th Avenue Dream Center. The shooting took place after a youth football practice.
Sunday's shooting happened next to a bridge that crosses a large pond in the park.
According to the police report:
The victim was walking near the bridge shortly after 7 p.m. when three people asked him to "come here." As he began to walk away, one of the people fired four shots at him.
Two shots struck the victim, one on the right side of his abdomen and the other in his right hand. The three people chased the fleeing victim until he fell. One attacker went through the victim's pockets, possibly removing a mobile phone.
The three attackers then fled eastbound from the park.
The Manatee County Sheriff's office brought a K-9 unit to the crime scene, but the dog was unable to track the attackers.