Several gunshots heard at scene of hostage standoff

Several shots were fired Thursday afternoon at a hostage situation in Bradenton.

Several loud bangs were heard shortly after 1 p.m. at the Pescara Lake mobile home park, 750 57th Ave. W., where authorities had been in a standoff with a suspect since about 7:45 a.m.

Details on the status of the standoff were not immediately available.

Law enforcement received a call around 7:45 a.m. about possible shots fired at Pescara Lake. A SWAT team responded and the sheriff's office set up a Mobile Command Center a mile away.

Residents of Pescara Lake in the immediate area of the clubhouse were asked to evacuate.

As a result, Harllee Middle School and Daughtry Elementary School were placed on lockdown for a short while. Eastbound and westbound lanes of 57th Avenue West were shut down as the situation evolved.

The situation was described as delicate as the suspect was said to be "upset over some things," said sheriff's office spokesman Dave Bristow.

An ambulance was on standby.

In addition to the SWAT team, other undercover detectives, including members of the Manatee Homicide Investigative Unit, and two Crime Scene Unit vans were standing by.

A MCAT bus has been parked just outside the perimeter for several hours, to shelter residents who were forced to abandon their homes.

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