MANATEE -- A K-9 team searched backyards while a helicopter circled overhead, both looking for a suspect in a shooting that put a 24-year-old Manatee County man in Bayfront Medical Center Friday morning.
Rashond Lakieth Keno, 20, eventually turned himself into the sheriff’s office Friday night and was charged with attempted murder, according to a news release said.
Keno allegedly shot the victim at about 9:25 a.m. during an argument in a duplex apartment in the 1000 block of 58th Avenue Drive East in Oneco.
The victim came out of surgery at the St. Petersburg hospital at 2:40 p.m. and had survived the ordeal so far, said sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow.
“He was shot in the upper torso, but it looks like he will make it,” Bristow said.
Keno has no prior offenses, according to Bristow.
The shooting produced concern in a neighborhood that already has some neighbors up in arms about chronic bursts from firearms.
“Every night, gunfire,” said Rosalinda Lopez, who lives in the duplex next to the one where the shooting occurred. “I’m scared. We have many children here.”
Deputies were told that the victim got into an argument with his girlfriend, according to a sheriff’s office report.
Keno, who is the girlfriend’s son, took out a revolver and proceeded to shoot the victim, the report states.
As others in the duplex were trying to help the victim, Keno fled.
“What we have is an incident inside a duplex that apparently involved either family or friends coming to the aid of someone which led to the shooting,” said Captain Bill Jordan of the Criminal Investigative Division of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Lopez said she heard “three or four” pops of gunfire Friday morning, perhaps indicating that the victim was shot at multiple times.
Sylvia Cotton, who lives a few blocks away from the shooting site, said she is scared that the random gunfire she also hears every night and some mornings will send a stray bullet into her home or the home of her friend, Ron Bearce, who lives near the duplexes on 11th Street East.
“This is ridiculous,” Cotton said. “We have made numerous calls to the sheriff’s office about this and filled out reports. We tell them that for the last three weeks there has been gunfire every night, We said, ‘Just go into those duplexes and remove the guns.’ They tell us they can’t just do that. We residents on this street are to the point where if we have to get out our own guns to defend ourselves, we will.”
Some other residents said they thought there is a turf war going on in the neighborhood between opposing drug dealers.
Detectives with the sheriff’s office could not confirm the rumors.
“I’ve heard no reports of gunfire every night here,” Jordan said.
Bearce said he also fears stray bullets.
“I’ve had enough,” Bearce said. “What do we have to do to get this taken care of? Do we have to get our own guns? I am hearing like eight rounds once or twice a night. It started three weeks ago.”
Keno’s bond information was not available.