Crime

Man shot in Palmetto

MANATEE -- A 25-year-old man was shot in Palmetto early this morning, but the circumstances of the shooting were not clear.

About 3:25 a.m, two men broke into a room in a rooming house in the 2300 block of Fifth Avenue Drive East, Palmetto. One suspect hit a woman sleeping inside with his gun and said, "Give me your stuff," according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office news release.

During the break-in, a shot was fired, causing the suspects to panic and flee.

A few minutes later, the sheriff's office responded to a report from a nearby residence that a man had been shot. Deputies found the victim, who "was evasive as to how he was shot," the news release states.

"At this time, it's unknown as to whether (the victim) was involved in the incident at the rooming house."

The sheriff's office said where the break-in happened "used to be the room of a known drug dealer."

The shooting victim was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, and the woman at the rooming house was treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital for a lump on the back of her head.

The suspects were described as wearing all black with their shirts pulled up over their heads.

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