Bradenton police try to piece together shooting

acastillo@bradenton.comJuly 3, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Detectives are investigating a shooting in East Bradenton, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

The shooting happened about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of Seventh Avenue Drive East, according to police.

"We received a call from someone who saw the victim walking down the roadway with apparent gunshots," said Bradenton Police Lt. James Racky from the scene Wednesday.

A male suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Blake Medical Center, according to police Capt. William Fowler. The victim was in stable condition Wednesday night in intensive care.

"He has been through surgery for multiple gunshot wounds," said Racky.

Racky was unable to say what led to the shooting.

"We can't get ahold of the victim right now because he's still sedated so he can't give any information," said Racky, "and we've got no witnesses out here."

Detectives are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Wednesday afternoon, the police department SWAT unit, complete with an armored vehicle, executed a search warrant at a house where evidence was found outside, according to police.

"This house may be involved and anytime we have a gun or weapon involved in a violent act, we always have the SWAT team come out to execute a search warrant," he said.

There are no suspects yet, police said.

Kim Wood, a retired carpenter who lives on Eighth Avenue East, was watching television with his wife, Margy Baird, when they heard gunshots.

"We heard this bang-bang-bang and my wife says: 'We're starting early with the fireworks,'" the 63-year-old Wood said. "That's what we thought it was."

Wood said there's a "drug house" on the street where the shooting occurred.

"There's probably 300 cars a day stop over there for a minute to two minutes," he said, adding they never pull into the driveway.

"They run out, come back, get in the car and drive off," he said. "What else could it be?"

Edgar Soto, 54, lives a block from where the shooting took place. He arrived home from work hours after the shooting.

"All I saw was a whole bunch of commotion there," said the mechanic. "Cops were still there in the crime scene, the ambulance."

Soto said he hears gunfire all the time in the neighborhood.

"It's common in this neighborhood," Soto said. "A lot of gunshots."

The investigation is ongoing.

Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter @AmarisCastillo.

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