MANATEE -- A Verizon contractor was shot Saturday afternoon when he was caught in a crossfire, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported.
At 1:35 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the 4300 block of Ninth Street East in Bradenton to respond to the shooting.
The victim's injuries are non-life threatening, deputies said. The 24-year-old was taken to Blake Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.
Detectives and the crime scene unit were called out to the scene. At least 30 bullet casings were marked and processed by the crime scene technician.
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No suspects have been reported.
Alberto Ortiz was outside his home a short distance away when he said he heard the gunshots. He had seen what appeared to be Verizon salesman walking up and down the street going door-to-door, he said in Spanish.
"I heard one shot, then I heard another shot," Ortiz said.
It was then followed by several shots back to back, he added.
"I saw when the men from Verizon ran, then and then one of them fell," Ortiz said.
Just then, Ortiz saw a dark-colored car speed off, he said.
The neighborhood had just been bustling with neighbors outside and children playing on the sidewalk. Ortiz ordered his children indoors and asked his son to call 911.
Another woman in the neighborhood was at the victim's side when Ortiz rushed over to offer aid. She had already dialed 911.
"He could barely speak, other than to say he OK," Ortiz said.
The gunshot was in the man's lower left abdomen, he said, adding that he thought the ambulance took about 20 minutes to arrive. He said that while he didn't time the ambulance with a clock, police had arrived on scene before the ambulance, and Ortiz said he had walked away and had returned a short time later and the ambulance still hadn't arrived.
Dispatchers at Manatee County Emergency Communication Center would not comment on what time an ambulance had been dispatched or had arrived on scene.
Neighbors were uncooperative with investigators, deputies said.
"That's wrong," Ortiz said when he heard that. "It could happen to any one of us."
The investigation is ongoing.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.