BRADENTON -- Law enforcement is no stranger to the Bradenton house where a 16-year-old-boy was recently shot dead, having been the scene of previous shootings and documented by police as a drug marketplace.
Zorry Jenkins was shot to death just after 11 p.m. Dec. 13 while sitting outside the home in the 700 block of 12th Avenue West. No one has been arrested in the case.
Detectives still don't know the motive for the shooting or if Jenkins was the intended target since the home was sprayed with bullets. Witnesses are still needed to come forward.
"People have called me, but no one has called with actual first-hand knowledge," said Bradenton police Detective James Curulla, the lead investigator in the case.
Over the past three years, police have been called to the home dozens of times for various reasons, including shootings, assaults and narcotics, according to reports.
"This area is a well-documented and well-known high crime/drug area," Bradenton police Officer Frank Coleman Jr. wrote in a 2013 report. "The residence ... is well known and documented for the sale of narcotics activity."
Just a little over three years ago, the same home was the backdrop for two other shootings.
In the wee morning hours of Thanksgiving Day 2011, police were called out to the home to investigate reports of a shooting, according to multiple reports.
Police arrived and discovered three victims, two men and a pregnant woman, with gunshots wounds. All three were shot while standing in the driveway of the home, but none of the injuries were life-threatening, according to reports.
One of the male victims "was not cooperating and would not tell me anything," reported Lt. James Racky. The other male victim "would not tell me anything and would only tell me to stop asking questions and get the ambulance here," Racky later added.
Detective Leonel Marines handled the investigation, speaking with the homeowner who said she didn't know anything about the shooting because she was inside with her grandchildren.
"I asked (her) who was outside and she refused to tell me, all she would say was that she did not know because she was inside the residence when the shots were fired," Marines wrote.
The investigation revealed that the shooting had been the result of an altercation between the victims and the suspects at the Touch of Class lounge in Bradenton.
Later that evening, a second shooting occurred at the same home. This time police were able to apprehend two of the three suspects. A warrant was issued for the third.
The home has come to be known as a community house, police said. Jenkins was not the only one to hang out at or near the home.
"He didn't technically live there," Curulla said. "People on the street said he was always there at the house and the corner."
Jenkins did have family who lived in the neighborhood, however.
The homeowner indicated to police that Jenkins was more than welcome to stay there whenever he wanted. The home's garage showed signs that it was a place where others stayed at times.
On Dec. 13, the night when Jenkins was killed, two Bradenton police officers were getting gasoline in the city yard nearby when they heard gunfire.
"I heard approximately 30 shots fired in rapid succession," Officer Coleman wrote in a supplemental incident report. "Due to the echoing I was not able to determine exactly where the shots originated from."
The officers each went in different directions when they exited the city yard.
"I did not see any subjects running or yelling for help or trying to flag me down," Coleman wrote.
The report details how the officer kept driving through the neighborhood as dispatch kept updating him with the various calls coming in about the gunfire. Despite seeing people walking around, no one was flagging him down or asking him for help, he repeatedly observed.
Once he arrived on scene, Coleman assisted with crowd control and helping detectives with the investigation. He observed several shell casings of different caliber, he reported, as well as fresh bullets holes in the rear of an SUV parked in the driveway of the home where Jenkins died.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.