MANATEE — A 30-year-old man was shot to death in Bradenton early this morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
A deputy found Nicholas L. McGee in a residence in the 200 block of 60th Avenue Drive West, after responding just after 1 a.m. to reports of gunfire and three men running from the scene, according to a news release.
The deputy found an opened door with the glass shot out, and McGee lying dead on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head, according to the sheriff's office.
No arrests had been made, but sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow said the slaying was not a random incident and was possibly related to drugs.
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Bristow said detectives were investigating whether the shooting is possibly connected to the slaying last week of a 68-year-old Earl Robert Freeman in the 600 block of 59th Avenue East, and the Sept. 4 killing of 18-year-old Joseph X. Evans a few blocks away from this morning's scene, in the 6000 block of First Street East.
The deputy had been sitting nearby when he heard four gunshots at 1:10 a.m. Four minutes later, a call came in from the 6000 block of Second Street West that there had been gunshots and three men were running from the scene, according to the release.
The deputy responded to the area but did not find anything. He then walked down 60th Avenue Drive West and found the opened door.
McGee was lying behind the door, with his head in the corner between the door and the wall, according to the sheriff's office.