Deputies searching for suspect after two injured in shooting near Spot 26

Deputies searching for suspect after two injured in shooting near Spot 26
The exterior sign of Spot 26, a bar and nightclub located in Bradenton.

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Law enforcement is looking for the suspect responsible for a shooting near Spot 26, a bar in Bradenton, that left two people injured.

Deputies were called to the bar Monday after learning a fight broke out. An investigation revealed a shooting took place near Spot 26 at an address a few hundred feet from the bar and two victims were found at Manatee Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds.

Deputies say they established a second, separate crime scene near the hospital.

Spot 26 has had many problems over the years and some Bradenton homeowners are fed up. They say the bar has caused them to fear for their safety after a series of shootings and fights.

“It’s going to take a lot to get me out of here because I’ve worked for 30 years and this is my property and I’m not going to have them driving me out of my house,” Louis Kilgore, a resident of Manatee County said.

Residents like Louis Kilgore say they are fed up with the loud noise, cars parking in their yards and loud music blasting up and down their streets on Friday and Saturday nights.

Locals sign petition to close down Spot 26 nightclub

“I have to put chairs at the end of my driveway and blockades to keep them out my driveway,” Kilgore said. “It’s a good block away from my house and I hear the noise. Sometimes they’ll move the party to Waffle House and I hear the noise all the way from there inside my house.”

As of May 2019, the sheriff’s office had responded to 33 calls at Spot 26. More than 60 surrounding neighbors want to see a change so they have signed a petition to present to Manatee County Commissioners to close the club’s doors for good.

But the club’s manager and owner, neither of which wanted to go on camera, tells us they shouldn’t be penalized because of what happens after their club closes, both saying they have been complying with all county code regulations but feel that are being singled out because of the club’s clientele.

“Everything that has happened or incidents have happened when we’ve been closed. We were not open when any of the incidents have happened so there is no reason to want to shut us down. It’s because of the complexion of the clientele that we have," argued the owner.

The club owner and manager says they have gone as far to putting in a metal detector to prevent guns going inside the club.

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