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Racial slur precedes shooting

BRADENTON — The driver of a car yelled a racial slur before a passenger in the vehicle shot a black man on a bicycle Thursday on a busy Bradenton street.

Around 5:30 p.m. the 42-year-old victim said he rode his bicycle in front of a car while crossing the street in the 800 block of 14th Street West.

When a woman driving the car yelled a racial slur at him, he responded by swearing at the driver, the victim told Bradenton police detectives. A passenger then got out of the car and punched the victim. The man then went back to the car, got a firearm and fired two gunshots at the victim, one of which hit the man in the calf. He was recovering at Manatee Memorial Hospital, police reports said.

The driver, who is described as around 21-years-old with brown shoulder-length hair, then sped off. The gunman was between 5-feet 8-inches and 5-feet 10-inches tall and between 140 and 150 pounds. He has short blonde hair and was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans at the time of the shooting.

Police say the couple is thought to be driving a white two-door sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Lumina. Anyone with information can call the Bradenton Police Department at (941) 932-9300.