MANATEE -- Two men were injured early Saturday when they were robbed while walking to a store, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The victims were walking in the 500 block of a 21st Street East in Palmetto when they were approached by a black Chevrolet Trailblazer with about six people inside. Several of them got out, including one with a gun who ordered the victims to the ground and not to move, according to a news release.
But before one of the victims could move, the gunman pistol-whipped him on the side of the mouth, causing him to fall to the ground. The gunman pistol-whipped the second victim about the head, causing him to bleed and fall to the ground, the sheriff's office said.
The suspects then took one of the victims' wallet. The assailants then fled, according to the report.
The victims walked to the nearby Oakwood Apartments and called 911. The second victim was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.