MANATEE — The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting sometime before 6 p.m. Tuesday in the 2900 block of 35th Avenue West in Bradenton where a man apperently arrived home in the middle of a burglary in progress.
According to Manatee County Sheriff spokesman Dave Bristow, one person was shot and sustained nonlife-threatening injuries.
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 in progress but did not identify the shooting victim.
Nathan Bachert, 35, stood outside his home across the street from the shooting site.
“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 by others 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.