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Man shot in head while driving downtown

BRADENTON — Authorities are investigating a Monday afternoon shooting during which a man was shot in the head as he drove along city streets.

The shooting took place at about 1:48 p.m. in the 800 block of Eighth Avenue West near Eighth Street West.

Bradenton Police Department Deputy Chief J.J. Lewis said the victim was driving north at an unknown location on U.S. 41 when he was shot by a man driving a black car.

The victim, whose age was not given, was transported to a local hospital for treatment, Lewis said.

Manatee Emergency Medical Service workers treated the victim as he sat in the driver’s seat of a white, two-door Cadillac.

The vehicle was parked in a grassy area just off Eighth Avenue West, almost as if the driver had pulled over there.

The Cadillac’s driver’s-side window appeared to have been broken. EMS workers placed white gauze around the victim’s head, placed him on a stretcher then put him into the ambulance and drove off.

Gary Warner, an employee at Goodyear, which is on the intersection of Eighth Avenue West and Ninth Street West, stood outside with a half-dozen co-workers and watched the aftermath of the afternoon shooting.

He said he heard a horn honk, someone yelling from a car window and then sirens.

But he said he did not hear gunshots.

Investigators spent about an hour Monday canvassing the area for evidence.

Bradenton police detectives are investigating the shooting, but Lewis said no further information was available for release.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call Bradenton police at (941) 932-9300 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-8477 (TIPS). Witnesses can also send an anonymous tip through the Web at www.manateecrime