BRADENTON, Fla. – Police and MPs are investigating an attempted armed robbery that took place in Bradenton Tuesday evening.
The police officers received a call from an active shooter at around 9:39 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter on 6225 East State Road 64.
According to Bradenton Police, the attempted robbery ended with the suspect shooting the manager in the leg. In the sheriff’s office it is said that a second suspect acted as a lookout.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the first suspect asked for money, but the manager refused twice. The first suspect ran out of the store and the second suspect followed, say MPs.
The manager followed the first suspect who, according to MPs, fell while trying to run away. The suspect shot the manager in the leg when he was just a few meters away, say MPs. Both suspects then expired.
A K9 officer tried to track down the suspect but could not find him.
The first suspect is described as a black man with an orange hat, white shirt, white shorts, white mask and black shoes.
The second suspect is described as a black man wearing a black long-sleeved sweater, blue jeans, black shoes, and a headgear with a white hat with the word “alligators” on it.
Detectives aren’t sure if the suspects had a getaway vehicle parked nearby.
The sheriff’s office says the suspects appear to match the same description of the suspects in two other armed robberies. One at a Palmetto Publix and one with a Bradenton Dollar General.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.
Paramedics transported the manager to the Blake Medical Center in stable condition.
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