Manager of Bradenton Walmart shot during store robbery

Author: The Associated Press
Detectives are searching for two suspects in an armed robbery with injuries Wednesday night at the Walmart on SR 64 E. in Bradenton. (Surveillance footage provided by MCSO)

A manager at a Bradenton Walmart was shot and wounded during a robbery Tuesday night, and police said they were still looking for the two suspects.

The shooting occurred at a store on SR-64 E., news outlets reported. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the men involved in the Walmart robbery appear to be connected to robberies at a Publix in Palmetto and a Dollar General in Bradenton.

Two men entered the Walmart Tuesday night and demanded money, but a manager refused, deputies said. One of the men pointed a gun at the manager’s head, and the manager continued to refuse, officials said. The men tried to leave the store, and the manager followed, authorities said. The armed robber fell and shot the approaching manager in the leg. The two men then fled the area.

The manager was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, deputies said.

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