Gunman robs 7-Eleven store in Bradenton

MANATEE -- A man wielding a shotgun robbed a 7-Eleven store in Bradenton early Thursday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 4:12 a.m. the gunman entered the store at 2604 53rd Ave. W. and ordered two employees to open the cash register. He also warned them that he would shoot them if they sounded the alarm, according to a news release.

The gunman took an unknown amount of cash and fled on foot.

A sheriff's office police dog tracked the suspect to the nearby Garden Walk apartments, where deputies found a hat the gunman was described as wearing, according to the sheriff's office.