Teen dies after being dumped at Manatee County hospital with gunshot wound

Roadway where teen was shot early Thanksgiving morning

A 15-year-old died early Thanksgiving morning after being left at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Deputies say the teen was shot before being brought to the hospital.

Just after midnight Thursday, a deputy on patrol heard gunshots near 1800 28th Ave E in Bradenton.

He found the scene and some evidence of the shooting, but no victim. A witness told the deputy they saw a man running from the scene. 

Deputies later learned a 15-year-old had been dropped off at the hospital and had died of a gunshot wound. 

They did not know who brought the teen to Manatee Memorial.

At approximately 12:13 this morning, a deputy was patrolling in the 1800 block of 28th Ave E, Bradenton when he heard gunshots. Moments later, he arrived at the shooting scene and discovered evidence in the roadway. A witness claimed to have seen an unidentified man fleeing the area, but couldn’t say which direction the possible suspect was traveling.

A short while later, deputies learned a 15-year-old male had been dropped off at Manatee Memorial Hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim later died.

Detectives with the Manatee Homicide Investigative Unit said they were investigating leads but no arrests had been made.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.