Man shot in Palmetto, able to drive himself to hospital

MANATEE -- A man was able to drive himself to a hospital after being shot in Palmetto early Tuesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The driver, who was shot once in the back, and another man told deputies they were sitting in the car in the parking lot of the Highlands Apartments, 723 20th Lane E., Palmetto, when an unknown person approached and began shooting at them. The shots struck the vehicle several times and injured the driver, according to a news release.

The injured man was able to drive the vehicle to Manatee Memorial Hospital, where he was listed as being in stable condition.

The sheriff's office said investigators were following several leads in the case.