MANATEE — A 22-year-old man was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with non-life threatening injuries after he was shot in the area of his buttocks at 2:25 p.m. today while standing in a Burger King parking lot, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.
A vehicle approached the man who was seen pacing in the parking lot located at 3803 First Street East. He went to the passenger side, opened the door and was shot. Several 911 calls were received afterwards.
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is interviewing the man and working on getting a vehicle description as well as possible video footage from the restaurant, said Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Dave Bristow.
A motive for the shooting is unknown.
The gunman is believed to be in his 20s. Anyone with any information about the shooting can contact the sheriff’s office at 747-3011 or remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).