MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office was investigating the possibly connected shooting deaths of a 16-year-old boy and 23-year-old man.
Detectives were not commenting on a possible motive, except to say that Calvin Barnes, 16, and Demetrius Cunningham, 23, knew each other and that they believe the shootings were connected.
Authorities found Cunningham with a gunshot wound to the head about 10:20 p.m. in the parking lot of the Mira Lagos apartment complex, in the 300 block of 34th Avenue. near DeSoto Square mall. Witnesses told investigators they heard yelling, then three gunshots. A man wearing a white T-shirt and red hat was seen leaving the area, according to the sheriff's office.
Cunningham was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he died this afternoon.
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About 45 minutes after Cunningham was shot, authorities found Barnes lying on the edge of the street in the 3800 block of 26th Avenue East, Bradenton, with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he was pronounced dead, according to a news release.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information on the shootings can call the sheriff’s office at (941) 747-3011, ext. 2493, or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.