BRADENTON — Bradenton police are searching for a man detectives say opened fire on another man Sunday morning.
Officers have obtained an attempted murder warrant for the arrest of Elias “Joe” Rico, 44, of Palmetto, after detectives say he shot an acquaintance in the 1300 block of 12th Avenue West, Bradenton.
Police say Rico went to the 43-year-old victim’s house and confronted the man. During the confrontation, Rico pulled a gun in the victim’s backyard and shot him twice.
Rico fled the home in a truck, while the victim is still being treated for gunshot wounds at a local hospital.
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Rico is described as standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 250 to 270 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen driving a white 2003 GMC Sierra with a Florida tag W761CF.
Police say Rico is believed armed and dangerous and should not approached if seen. Instead, if you see him, call police immediately.
Anyone with information on the shooting or Rico’s whereabouts can call Bradenton Police Detective Alex Ribachuk at (941) 932-9309, or Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.