2 seriously injured in shooting near Bradenton nightclub

Two men were seriously injured in a Saturday night shooting in Bradenton, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Deputies responded to a call around 1:30 a.m. and found two men, ages 29 and 32, with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a business at 5112 14th St. W., Bradenton.

The sheriff’s office says “hundreds” of customers were gathered directly across the street at Touch of Class Restaurant and Lounge, 5131 14th Street, when deputies arrived. But the individuals “scattered in various directions” as deputies attempted to gather information about the shooting, the statement said.

By Sunday morning, no arrests had been made in the shooting. Detectives were following several leads, the statement said.

Both victims were transported to Blake Medical Center, where they were in critical condition on Sunday. The sheriff’s office withheld the names of the men, citing that of Florida Marsy’s Law.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011.

Ryan Ballogg is a journalist and columnist for the Bradenton Herald. Since joining the paper in 2018, he has received awards for feature stories, art, and environmental writing in the Florida Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Contest. Ryan is originally from Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.
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