On Sunday, December 9, 2012, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Bradenton Police Officers responded to the intersection of 27th St. and 13th Ave. East, on a report that a person had been shot. The victim, Mr. Rene Salinas, 31 years of age, of Bradenton, Fl was operating a vehicle that was stopped at the intersection attempting to turn north on 27th St. East, when an unknown suspect discharged a firearm from a westbound vehicle. An unharmed passenger described the suspect vehicle as a light colored, 4-door sedan, which continued westbound on 13th Ave. East. Mr. Salinas sustained a single fatal gunshot wound, and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Captain Warren Merriman remarked that this was not a robbery, or a result of road rage, but was a senseless random act of violence, which took the life of an individual that leaves behind a wife, and five children. The Bradenton Police Department is continuing its investigation at this time, and is requesting the public’s help.
Anyone having information with regard to this case is asked to call any of the following: Bradenton Police Detective James Curulla at 941-932-9311, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com