PALMETTO -- The Palmetto Police Department wants to talk to anyone who knows anything about two vehicles seen outside the Club Elite nightclub in Palmetto minutes after gunmen shot and killed two patrons and wounded 22 others Sept. 10.
Police on Wednesday released still photos taken by security cameras outside the club at 704 10th St. W. The vehicles, a Dodge Durango and an unknown type of vehicle, were on Seventh Avenue West at the time the images were captured, according to police.
“Palmetto Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the owners, drivers or occupants of these vehicles,” a news release states. “These people are not suspects in the crime but detectives are anxious to speak with them.”
No one has been charged in the case, although detectives have said they have identified “persons of interest.” Authorities have offered up to $21,000 for information leading to an arrest or arrests.
Police spokesman Lt. Scott Tyler declined to comment on the timing of the release of the photographs.
Anyone who was in the these vehicles or has any information about the owners or occupants of these vehicles that night, can call the Palmetto Police Department at 941-723-4587, ext. 6140, or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477. Callers may remain anonymous.
The shooting, considered one of the worst in county history, occurred at about 12:30 a.m. when at least two shooters opened fire on a crowd standing in front of the club.
Trayon Goff, 25, of Palmetto, died outside the club’s front door, authorities said. Gwenette Matthews, 38, of Bradenton, was found dead inside the club.
In the past few weeks, the police have received dozens of leads from people at the club that night and from members of the community. They have also entered several pieces of evidence from the crime scene for analysis by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tyler said.
The club was shut down by its owners after the shooting.