HERALD STAFF REPORT
BRADENTON - Police have identified the gunman who shot and killed the manager of a Peach's restaurant this morning as Matthew B. White, 27, of Parrish.
The victim was identified as Pamela Lerose, 39, of Bradenton.
According to police, White entered the Cortez Road restaurant about 11 a.m., grabbed Lerose, his ex-girlfriend, dragged her outside and shot her to death, according to Bradenton Police and the owner of the restaurant.
Never miss a local story.
White then led police on a car chase before he shot and killed himself.
Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said the shooting was a result of a domestic situation between the two.
Mike Luciano, owner of the restaurant, said Lerose broke up with White two or three months ago, and that he had been stalking her.
Radzilowski said the man entered the restaurant through the back door, grabbed the woman, who worked as a waitress, and dragged her out through the front door. He took her to underneath a tree and shot her numerous times with a 9mm handgun, Radzilowski said.
White then got into Lerose's blue Jeep Cherokee. Shortly afterwards, police began a pursuit during which the gunman drove erratically through traffic lights and stop signs. Officers swarmed through residential neighborhoods near Prine Elementary School on Southern Parkway looking for him.
He was found shortly afterwards slumped over in the 3100 block of 36th Avenue West with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Luciano said Lerose worked for Peach's for six years, and had been the front-end manager at the Cortez Road location for three years. She had three children, Luciano said