Police are searching for the suspect responsible for a gang-related shooting early Saturday morning that caused a brief lockdown at Manatee Memorial Hospital over concerns about possible retaliation.
A man walked into the hospital at 206 2nd St. E. sometime around 2:22 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his right shoulder, according to Bradenton Police. The victim told the off-duty officer working security that he had been shot near the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto.
Bradenton police were told by Palmetto police that it was “gang related,” according to a police report.
“Then as a precautionary action, the hospital, since there was speculation that it was gang related, went on lockdown,” Bradenton Deputy Chief Warren Merriman said. “There were three officers at the hospital from the time of the shooting until 3 a.m.”
Merriman said the lockdown was lifted at that time and Bradenton police had no further involvement.
There were two individuals injured during the shooting, according to Palmetto Deputy Chief Scott Tyler. It is still unclear, however, if they were actually both shot or if they were injured by debris, Tyler said.
The identities and condition of the injured is still unknown.
Tyler said the department does have someone they are looking to possibly arrest in connection to the shooting but could not give any more details at the time.
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.