A 25-year-old man was shot Monday afternoon in Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Dave Bristow, sheriff’s office spokesman, said the investigation of what happened in the 5900 block of Fifth Street East is ongoing and little was known as of Monday afternoon. The victim claims he was shot by an unknown person or persons while he was walking on Fifth Street East, according to a release.
“We spoke to the victim briefly before he was transported to the hospital,” Bristow said.
The victim’s injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies were dispatched to the corner of 59th Avenue East and Fifth Street East at 1:22 p.m., the spokesman added. The victim was conscious when investigators interviewed him.
One investigator on scene was overheard saying, “It’s going to get big. We just found two big piles of money.”
Sheriff’s office investigators had the entire intersection of the 5900 block of Fifth Street East cordoned off with crime scene tape.
Neighbors said the response by the sheriff’s office was quick. Alice Seabolt was in her bathroom getting ready for work around 1:30 p.m. when she heard what sounded like gunshots.
“I heard pop, pop,” Seabolt said. “I wasn’t sure if it was fireworks, so I just kind of stayed in the bathroom for a couple of minutes. I came running outside after that and there were cops everywhere.”
At the intersection, a postal worker turned slowly onto 59th Avenue East craning his neck to look at investigators who concentrated on a grassy patch by the curb. A crime scene technician took photos.
Reynaldo Vasquez, 68, noticed the multiple sheriff’s patrol vehicles while on his daily walk on doctor’s orders.
“In this neighborhood, something happens always,” said Vasquez, who has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years. “I thought someone died because a week or two ago, there were ambulances and police in the area.”
He took in the scene as investigators maintained their presence. By then, the crime scene tape had been pulled and traffic ran as it had before.
Speaking generally, Vasquez urged others to behave better.
“What’ll it cost you to behave?” he asked.
A sheriff’s office substation is just two blocks away on 57th Avenue East.
According to a release, detectives will be following up with the victim when his condition improves.
Anyone with information on the shooting should contact the sheriff’s office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.