The Manatee County Sheriff's Office was looking for four men who investigators say attacked and tried to kidnap another man. Several gunshots were fired during the incident.
About 8:20 a.m., the 21-year-old victim was standing in the 3200 block of Canal Road in Palmetto when the suspects drove up in a early 1990s dark green Honda Civic.
Two of the suspects got out and asked the victim how much a truck on the side of the road was selling for. The victim said he did not know.
At that point, one of the suspects began fighting with the victim and ordering him into the vehicle. The victim was fighting back when a second suspect hit him on the back of the head with a handgun and fired three shots into the air, according to a sheriff's office news release.
The victim was able to get away by fleeing towards his nearby residence, and suspects fled north on Canal Road.
The victim suffered minor injuries, according to the sheriff's office.