Crime

One person shot in attempted Bradenton burglary

BRADENTON -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 2900 block of 35th Avenue West in Bradenton.

The 38-year-old hooting victim returned home to the find an armed burglary suspect in his house. The suspect shot the victim in the shoulder, according to a report.

The victim was transported to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Deputies said the suspect, a black male in his 20s, remains at large.

On the scene, deputies wrapped yellow tape around the home where the shooting took place. Neighbors stood outside and talked as deputies worked the scene.

Manatee County Sheriff Lt. William Evers said the shooting took place during an apparent burglary but did not identify the shooting victim.

Nathan Bachert, 35, stood outside his home across the street from the crime scene.

"I was in the back, and I heard a loud bang, and I didn't know what it was," he said. "I didn't really think anything of it."

Bachert said he was told the man who lives in the home had pulled up in a car with two teenage children. The father reportedly was shot in the left shoulder by a burglary suspect he discovered in the home.

The suspect got away although the teens tried to give chase on their bicycles.

"It's just kind of hitting me right now," Bachert said. "This is a pretty safe neighborhood. There's not really anything that goes on back here and it's just kind of surprising."

By early evening, two bikes were strewn in front of the home and multiple parked Manatee County Sheriff's Office vehicles dotted the narrow street.

A few doors down on 35th Avenue West, Russell Ripstein stood behind a screen door with his wife, Elaine Ripstein. The retired golf course owner was in his backyard shortly after the incident.

"I didn't know what was going on until the cop cars pulled up," he said.

After the incident, sheriff's canines checked the Ripstein backyard and around the patio.

"You feel uneasy, that's for sure," Ripstein said about the incident.

Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to call MCSO at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.

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