A drive-by shooting in Manatee County turned into a wild high-speed chase on Sunday afternoon that ended in a vehicular collision. The shooting occurred on 6th Street East in Bradenton. A description of the assailant’s car was sent out to all local officers, and the chase started after the car in question was identified by the police about a half hour later.
While the police were following the car, its passengers committed yet another drive-by shooting, this time near 30th Avenue East. The police then continued to follow the car at a high speed as it raced down U.S. 301 over the DeSoto Bridge and into Palmetto City. The chase extended beyond the Manatee Convention Center, crossing into the neighboring county.
The suspects’ car flipped onto its side when it hit another car at the intersection of 17th Street East and U.S. 301. Three suspects were removed from the wreckage and taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment. Their injuries were non-life-threatening. All three suspects will face multiple criminal charges for their involvement in the chase and shootings. Two people were in the car that the suspects struck, but they fortunately only sustained some minor physical injuries. They were taken to Manatee Memorial hospital as well. All injured parties involved are expected to make full recoveries.
The suspects did not actually strike anyone as they were shooting, officials claim and had managed to not hurt or kill anyone during the police chase until the final accident the suspects .