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Man injured in shooting at Bradenton apartment complex, police say

Video: Man shot in leg at Bradenton apartments

A man was shot in the leg at the Village Central apartments just before 11 a.m. according to Bradenton Police.
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A man was shot in the leg at the Village Central apartments just before 11 a.m. according to Bradenton Police.

A man was injured in a shooting at a Bradenton apartment complex Monday morning, according to Bradenton police.

Shortly before 11 a.m., police responded to the Bradenton Village apartments in the 1200 block of Fifth Street West.

Yellow caution tape was stretched around one of the buildings and several vehicles in the parking lot outside. Police spoke to a few people who stood nearby. A small crowd of observers gathered near the playground equipment near the complex.

A man was taken by ambulance to a hospital with what police said was a gunshot wound to his leg.

The investigation is ongoing.

But those in the complex are worried about safety.

Steven Antonioo grew up in Bradenton but now lives in Los Angeles and is staying with his sister and her children, who live in the Bradenton Village apartments.

He said he heard the gunshot Monday morning.

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A man was injured when he was shot in the leg at the Village Central Apartments, a section of Bradenton Village, Monday morning around 11a.m., according to Bradenton Police. Tiffany Tompkins ttompkins@bradenton.com

“It made my heart drop,” Antonioo said. “All I could think about were the kids.”

Antonioo said the shooting concerned him for his sister’s children as well as those who live in the complex and go to school nearby.

From the apartment complex, GD Rogers Garden Elementary School can be seen on the other side of the street. The school went into a lockdown for police activity between 11:17 a.m. and 12:21 p.m. Monday, School District of Manatee County spokesman Mike Barber said.

“We’re too grown for this at the end of the day,” Antonioo said.

The safety of the children is also a concern of another resident, who said she had lived in the complex two years. She declined to give her name out of fear of her own safety.

The woman said she watches the children at the complex like they’re her own and is glad the incident wasn’t more tragic.

Antonioo and the woman said they wanted more safety measures in the complex, such a speed bumps.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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