BB shootings plague Cortez Road businesses

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office this morning said there have been several recent reports of damage caused by BB guns along a stretch of Cortez Road.

Deputies have responded to several incidents over the past two days and nights, according to a news release. In one incident, a cyclist was hit in the back by a pellet while riding in the 7500 block of Cortez Road.

In all, at least seven incidents have been reported between the 6600 block and 11000 block of Cortez Road. Several storefront windows have been shot out at Cortez Road restaurants, according to the sheriff's office.