Sunday, July 24, 2011

1 dead, another injured in Bradenton shooting

MANATEE -- One person is dead and another wounded after a pair of gang-related shootings in the same block Saturday morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Elvis Ruiz, 27, was found injured with a gunshot wound inside a residence in the 900 block of 33rd Avenue East at around 3 a.m., a release states. He was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and pronounced dead at about 8:30 a.m., said Randy Warren, a public information officer with the sheriff’s office.

The other victim, a 26-year-old man, was found in front of another residence, transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and later released.

Detectives believe the shootings are gang-related, the release said.

“We are dealing with rival gangs here,” Warren said.

He said investigators believe others may have been involved.

The cul-de-sac where the shootings occurred is made up of duplexes with toys scattered across front yards.

One neighbor said she still feels safe in the area, and others who live on the block said they didn’t hear any shots fired during that time.

“We have two people who were shot and not much in terms of witnesses,” Warren said. “What we are trying to do is get more information.”

Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at (941) 747-3011 or CrimeStoppers at (866) 634-8477.

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