BRADENTON -- Two men have been arrested in the shooting death of a 27-year-old man Saturday morning in the 600 block of 21st Street East, Bradenton.
Charles Brown, 25, and Tarvin Martin Jr., 23, were arrested at about 9 p.m. Saturday after they ran a traffic sign in the 1300 block of 27th Street East, a media release said.
After both suspects were detained a firearm was discovered in their gray Chevrolet Impala.
Brown and Martin admitted to being involved in the shooting of the victim, whose name has not been released as officers attempt to notify his next-of-kin, according to Capt. Warren Merriman III.
There had been no prior relationship between the victim, and the suspects, and there was no evidence whatsoever to indicate that this was related to any criminal activity on the victim’s behalf, the release said.
“There was no motive. It was just a random act of violence,” Merriman said.
The victim, who is from Manatee County, had been visiting friends in area when he was shot, according to Merriman.
At about 4:15 a.m. Saturday, Bradenton police officers in the area of the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Avenue East heard multiple gunshots. As officers were responding, a concerned citizen called 911 to report the victim, whose name has not been released, had been shot by an unknown person, the release said.
Upon their arrival, officers found a deceased man who had been driving an SUV and had sustained an apparent fatal gunshot wound, the release said.
According to Capt. Warren Merriman III, the motive and circumstances behind the homicide are not known at this time and police are working on piecing together the situation.
“We don’t have any motive right now and we’re trying to follow up on a few leads,” he said.
Merriman did add there were not any indications of drug or gang violence in this case and he doesn’t believe it to be linked to a shooting that occurred around the same time in Manatee that resulted in no injuries.
A 10-year-old girl who lives on the block the shooting occurred said she woke up to the sounds of gunshots and was scared when she found out someone was killed so close to her home.
Another neighbor, who didn’t want to be named, said she woke up to gunshots, too.
“I heard a pop-pop-pop-pop. Then I didn’t hear any sirens or anything after it, so I went back to sleep,” said the 70-year-old neighbor. “I just thought someone was shooting. I asked the police this morning what happened and they said someone was shot.”
The woman said she still feels safe in her neighborhood, because “it’s not like it happens every day.”
“There is so much traffic coming in and out of here that you don’t really pay attention,” she said.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call BPD Detective Kevin Bunch at (941) 932-9300, ext. 380, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (866) 634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.