BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) — Manatee County Sheriffs Office deputies started the year off investigating two different deadly shootings.
The first shooting involved a couple that was found dead New Year’s Eve morning. The second deadly shooting was Brad Steube says at around 1pm, gunshots were heard on 60th Avenue Terrace West.
Once deputies arrived, they found 26-year-old Julio Tellez dead in front of his home and bullet casings on the street. Another victim suffered minor injuries and was later treated and released.
The area was cordoned off with crime scene tape and witnesses were interviewed. Officials right now have not released a motive.
Tellez’s family members wailed loudly in the street.
Steube says a possible suspect vehicle was later found abandoned in the area. Deputies have been monitoring it to see if they can find the owner.
Tellez marked the third person killed in Manatee on New Year’s Day alone. And that had Sheriff Steube angry. He said, “It tells us we live in a crazy society, that’s what it tells us. And
“It tells us we live in a crazy society, that’s what it tells us. And it’s very depressing that people result in using guns and violence when they have disagreements. And whether those disagreements are domestic or over drugs, whatever it is it seems like the people today say ‘let’s get a gun and lets go shoot people.’ It’s disturbing,” he said.
Steube is also concerned about possible retaliatory violence. So he is assigning more deputies into the neighborhood and throughout the area this weekend to keep the peace.
The case is still under investigation.
If you have information that can help investigators, call the Manatee County Sheriff’s office.