Crime

Man shot while driving in East Bradenton, cops say. He then crashes into house

A 30-year-old man crashed his SUV into an East Bradenton home after someone shot him while he was driving Wednesday morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Just after 9 a.m., the sheriff’s office and paramedics were called to the 3500 block of 39th Street East to a report of a shooting. The victim was found inside an SUV that crashed into the front of a home, the sheriff’s office said.

The victim told deputies he had been shot by two males riding in a gold-colored Nissan Altima, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The victim was shot several times in the chest and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was unconscious after undergoing surgery and listed in critical condition late Wednesday.

Crime scene technicians were taking photos of the vehicle and in an area further along 39th Street East, where shoes and bullet casings could be seen. Local residents said they saw the sheriff’s office helicopter flying overhead just after the shooting was reported.

Detectives said they do not believe there is any connection between the shooting and the homicide investigation into the death of 23-year-old Mohammed Hamed at the Green Galaxy Smoke Shop, in the Oasis Plaza shopping center at 3212 First St. in Bradenton.

Hamed, who ran the store with his brother, was found dead in a back room of the store.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477 (TIPS).

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