PALMETTO — As police seek to notify family members of a man gunned down in Palmetto on Saturday before releasing his identity, detectives are hoping to get information from a second man shot in the same attack who survived.
The shooting survivor is recovering from his injuries after being flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg in critical condition after the 11 p.m. shooting near St. Luke’s Primitive Baptist Church, at the intersection of 12th Street Drive West and Sixth Avenue West.
Detectives found the survivor a block away from the church on 13th Street West, in the Oakridge Apartments complex, while police found the body of the other victim next to the church. Both are believed to be in their mid-20s, according to Palmetto Police Lt. Scott Tyler.
Tyler said detectives were awaiting permission from doctors to speak to the survivor.
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“We are working on some leads, but certainly we need to talk to him as soon as possible,” Tyler said.
Tyler said both men are of Mexican descent and appear to have been living in Palmetto for some time. Detectives are not sure where their immediate family members are located.
A motive for the shooting is still under investigation, Tyler said.
Any one with any information can call Palmetto Police at (941) 723-4587, or remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward by calling Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).