2 men shot during struggle at Manatee home

MANATEE - Two men were shot after one of them went to the other's residence armed with the gun and wearing a mask, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The shooting happened just before 11 p.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of 30th Ave. E., Bradenton.

The man who lives there said the gunman showed up at his front door armed with a gun and wearing a bandana over his face. The gunman said something, and then the resident tried to grab the gun. During the struggle, the intruder fired several shots, at least one of which struck the resident. The victim was able to grab the gun and returned fire as the intruder tried to flee, according to a news release.

Detectives believe a second suspect may have gone to the residence with the gunman.

The gunman, who was shot in the back, ran from the residence and was driven to Manatee Memorial Hospital and later transported to Tampa General Hospital, where he was in critical but stable condition. The resident was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he was treated and released, the sheriff's office said.

No arrests have been made, as the investigation continues, the sheriff's office said.