Authorities hunting suspect in 8th Manatee County homicide

MANATEE -- The person of interest in the shooting death of Ruben Harris on April 30 has turned into the main suspect.

Earl C. Scott, 32, whose surveillance picture at Bradenton's DaVinci's nightclub was released last week in the hope that people could help identify him, is now the man detectives think made Harris Manatee County's eighth homicide victim of 2012.

"There was an altercation outside of the DaVinci's after it closed," Dave Bristow, a sheriff's office spokesman, said Tuesday. "The fight spilled over to the Shell gasoline station at 836 301 Boulevard East. That's where we think the shooting took place. It definitely did not take place in the club."

Bristow said the owners of DaVinci's have been cooperative in the case and want their establishment to be known as a place where violence will not be tolerated, Bristow said.

"Our men are hunting Earl

Scott now," Bristow added at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Scott served three months in the Manatee County jail for sale of cocaine in 2009 and two months in 2006 for possession of rock cocaine, according to Manatee County court records.

Scott was also charged with aggravated assault with a firearm in 2006 but that case was dropped, according to court records.

The sheriff's office thinks Scott and Harris perhaps fought over a woman, Sheriff Brad Steube said Tuesday.

"We are saying he has shot a man, so I would say, yes, he is dangerous," Steube said of Scott, who is listed as 6 foot 2, and 180 pounds.

Scott was described in an earlier sheriff's office press release as a regular at DaVinci's and was known there by the name "B-Low."

Steube said that Scott may be driving a silver 2005 Dodge Magnum with the tag, 8360IR.

Harris was found lying dead by his car at approximately 3:20 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of the Shell gas station, at the busy intersection of 301 Boulevard East and Ninth Street East.

In 2003 and 2006, Harris served three sentences at the Manatee County jail for drug and other offenses.

In August 2011, Harris was charged with aggravated battery against a pregnant woman, a second-degree felony. The case against him was later dropped.

Anyone with information about Scott's whereabouts or Harris' death is asked to call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.