Shooting in Bradenton injures one

acastillo@bradenton.comJuly 16, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Police are investigating a shooting in the 2100 block of 12th Street West that injured one man and resulted in the detention of three suspects.

Three possible suspects were detained after a chase into Sarasota, but Bradenton police said Wednesday morning the shooter was not in the car.

Police report the shooting occurred just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. Multiple police cars were parked at the corner of 12th Street West and 21st Avenue West. A portion of the street was blocked off with yellow crime tape as police investigated.

"The victim was here with his brother. The suspect is known to the victim and his brother," said Lt. John Affolter of the Bradenton Police Department at the crime scene. "At this point, we believe the shooting was not random -- it was targeted."

The victim was shot in the lower back and sent to Blake Medical Center. Police were waiting to hear about his condition late Tuesday.

A pursuit after the shooting led Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies from the 1500 block of 60th Avenue West in Bradenton to south Sarasota, Affolter said.

However, in a report Wednesday morning Bradenton police said the shooter was not in the car.

Just after 10 p.m., a crime scene investigator passed a metal detector over a chunk of grass by where the corner was taped off.

Mikel Wesley, 19, walked to the crime scene after hearing all the commotion.

"We were in our house and my wife taps me on the shoulder, she wakes me up and goes: 'Babe, can you go check it out?'" the construction worker said. He said he went around the corner and noticed all the police lights.

"I'm going, 'What's going on?' I'm assuming it's gunshots."

The investigation is ongoing. BPD detectives will speak with witnesses for identification purposes.

Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.

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