Bradenton man shot during armed robbery

Posted by JASON BARTOLONE on May 24, 2014 

— A Bradenton man was shot during an armed robbery early Saturday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff' Office.

The shooting victim was returning from work to his home in the 300 block of 60th Avenue Terrace West, where he lives with a friend, around 12:50 a.m., a news release states.

The 20-year-old man was confronted by two or three masked suspects, each armed with handguns, and one of them demanded money, according to the release.

One of the suspects then struck the man on the head with a pistol. He ran to the front door of his residence and knocked on it so his roommate would let him in. When the roommate, 34, came to the door, the suspects held both victims at gunpoint and demanded money, the release states.

One of the suspects then fired his handgun into the air, the sheriff's office said. The roommate held up his wallet and passport, and the suspects grabbed them. The younger man told them he did not have any money, so one of the suspects shot him in the upper right collar bone area, according to the release.

The suspects then fled in "a black vehicle" and could not be found, the release states.

The shooting victim was taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, authorities said. The projectile exited his back near his right shoulder blade.

The investigation is ongoing.

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