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Bradenton driver shot in stomach & hand after confronting man tailgating him

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MANATEE CO., FL (WWSB) - A road rage incident has left one Manatee County man injured with gunshot wounds to his hand and stomach. 

The incident occurred Friday around 5:50 p.m. Chance Hughes, 21, and his friend, John Burkhart, 26, were driving north on 3rd Avenue East when a vehicle pulled behind them. 

According to the police report, the suspect's car was following extremely close to Hughes's vehicle, so he pulled over. The two cars stopped at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 24th Street. Hughes then got out of his vehicle and approached the suspect's door.

That’s when witnesses stated they heard a pop and saw Hughes fall to the ground. The suspect fled north on 3rd Avenue.

The victim was transported to Blake Medical Center with injuries to his stomach and hand. At this time, his injuries do not appear life threatening. 

The suspect was described as skinny, wearing glasses and he drove a Red Nissan Versa. 

The investigation is ongoing.