After nearly six months to start the year without a homicide, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating its second case in a week.
The latest homicide occurred when two men were shot inside a Manatee home late Friday night.
One of the victims, 62, was dead at the scene, while the other was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg in critical condition.
“It’s homicide number two,” said sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow said. “You know you’re going to have them, just a matter of when.”
Deputies learned of the shooting at about 10:40 p.m. after a 24-year-old victim called 911 from his duplex in the 5900 block of Sixth Street East, according to a sheriff’s office report.
An autopsy revealed the deceased victim was shot in the upper body and stabbed, Bristow said.
The identity of the deceased victim is currently being withheld until his next of kin is contacted, he said.
“We are working some other leads,” said Bristow, adding investigators “still don’t think it was a random situation.”
Both men were injured in the upper torso area.
The cul de sac where the incident occurred was quiet Saturday afternoon.
Several neighbors declined to give comment when asked about the shooting. The cause of the incident remains unknown and investigators are waiting to interview the injured victim for more information, Bristow said.
They “haven’t had a time to interview him because he’s getting medical attention,” Bristow said.
The deceased victim doesn’t appear to have lived at the residence, according to the report.
Investigators believe the men were acquaintances, but not related.
In the county’s other homicide case, Antonio Martinez, 33, was shot and killed May 20 following an argument with several people in the 1100 block of 35th Avenue West, according to the sheriff’s office.
He was flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he was later pronounced dead. A few people were taken into custody and questioned after the incident. No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information on either case is asked to call MSO at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.