Man sought in attempted murder at Ellenton gold shop

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MANATEE COUNTY - Authorities are looking for a suspect in an attempted murder Wednesday at an Ellenton coin & gold shop.

It happened at Vandegraff's Cortez Coins on U.S. 301 around 5pm Wednesday.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the suspect entered the shop requesting an appraisal for some jewelry.  As the owner was helping him, the suspect pulled a handgun and struck the victim on the top of the head.  As the victim staggered backwards, the suspect fired at least three shots at him.

The victim retrieved a pistol from behind the counter and fired once at the suspect as he fled.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 5'8" and 6' tall, 185 pounds, in his 20's to 30's.  He has facial hair and was wearing a black knit wool hat, black baggy pants, and a black shirt with gray stripes.

The victim suffered a laceration on his head and was treated at the scene.