Crime

Man injured in shooting outside Manatee bar

MANATEE - A 29-year-old man was injured when someone fired a gun during an argument outside a bar on 301 Boulevard East early this morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 1:48 a.m., the victim was in an argument with another man outside the Cuernavaca bar, 803 301 Blvd. E., when a third man approached the victim with a gun. He fired two shots into the ground, and a third shot went in an unknown direction. The suspect then fled towards Ninth Street East, according to a news release.

Soon after, the victim felt a burning sensation on his left temple, but it was not clear if the man was shot by a bullet or hit by a ricochet, according to the sheriff's office.

When deputies arrived, the victim was standing. He was flown by helicopter to Bayshore Medical Center in St. Petersburg for treatment with non-life-threatening injuries.

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