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Manatee deputies pursue 'armed and dangerous' 20-year-old man after fatal shooting of Bradenton man

Manatee County Sheriff's Office investigates fatal shooting in East Bradenton

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting that left a 27-year-old Bradenton man dead in the middle of the road.
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The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting that left a 27-year-old Bradenton man dead in the middle of the road.

20-year-old man sought in fatal Saturday morning shooting of Bradenton man

MANATEE -- Detectives are searching for a man who was in a car with three other men who drove up to an East Bradenton home, called 27-year-old Kevin McCants over and shot him dead, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 11:45 a.m. Saturday, witnesses told detectives up to four men in a black Toyota Camry pulled up to the 1000 block of 33rd Avenue East in Bradenton and shot McCants, according to Col. Rick Wells.

"He went up to the vehicle," Wells said. "We know that two shots were fired from the vehicle and, as a result, the subject died here at the scene."

Just before 5 p.m., the sheriff's office are pursuing a warrant to charge Robert Eugene Brewer, 20, with second-degree murder.

"He has been identified as shooter by multiple witnesses," homicide detective Jeff Bliss said.

Witnesses say Brewer was in car carrying up to four people.

"We believe he is still in the area," Bliss said. "Brewer should be considered armed and dangerous. If anyone believes they see him, they should call 911."

People are also encouraged to call Ben Main, lead homicide detective on the case, at 941-747-3011, ext. 2161.

Witnesses say the men in a black Toyota Camry fled the area after firing shots, according to spokesman Randy Warren.

Deputies are searching for the suspects and following up leads, he added.

Within an hour of the shooting, the scene was saturated with deputies, detectives and crime scene technicians.

The road and yards surrounding the scene became crowded with family, friends, neighbors and their vehicles. Sobs and emotional outbursts could be heard from a distance each time an apparent family member arrived at the home in front of where McCants was shot. His body lay covered with a white sheet and blocked from view with black curtains until it was removed.

Evidence already marked, photographed and collected includes a cell phone, a bullet casing from the street, a bullet dug out from the side of a house and crutches. The cover of a storm drain within a few feet of where McCants' body lay was also removed, and crime scene technicians peered inside looking for evidence.

Members of the sheriff's office Special Response Team were called to assist as the crowd continued to grow and emotions were running high. This allowed deputies to return to patrol.

Brewer is a convicted felon. In December 2013, he was released from prison after serving about five and half months of a more than 18 month-long sentence for robbery.

Brewer was released Oct. 16 from the Manatee County jail where he had been held for more than nine months until the charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon were dropped.

The victim was also no stranger to law enforcement.

McCants was a convicted felon after serving two prison sentences for convictions of sale, manufacturing or delivery of cocaine and kidnapping with intent to commit a felony. His arrest history also includes charges of attempted murder, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, armed kidnapping, aggravated battery with a firearm, home invasion robbery, possession of a controlled substance, possession of crack cocaine and violation of probation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2161, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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