PALMETTO, Fla. - The Palmetto Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting.
It happened outside a Citgo gas station located in the 200 block of 10th Street West around 6:30 p.m. Friday.
According to police, 25-year-old Jesse Schwartzman of Ellenton was shot as he drove eastbound on 10th Street West, just after leaving the gas station.
Preliminary reports indicate that a pick-up truck pulled up next to Schwartzman's vehicle and one of the occupants shot him. The victim then drove off the road and crashed into a concrete barrier near one of the gas pumps, according to detectives.
The victim reportedly had a passenger in his vehicle that was unharmed, and fled the scene after the shooting and crash. He is described as a black male with a medium build, approximately 5'10", with short hair and wearing tan cargo shorts.
Description of the suspect vehicle:
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Chad Oyler at 941-723-4587 x6140 or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477. Police are especially interested in information concerning the shooters, their vehicle, or the passenger in the victim's car. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward. The Palmetto CRA will also match any Manatee County Crime Stoppers Reward.
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