Two teenager murdered in Manatee County, deputies now searching for 17-year-old suspect

Posted at 7:55 PM, Jul 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 01:04:20-04

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla., -- Two teenagers were killed early Sunday in Manatee County. Deputies are searching for another teen they believe is responsible.

The Sheriff's Office reports 18-year-old Caleb Bowman of Bradenton was brought to Manatee Memorial Hospital just after midnight on Sunday morning, but died from an apparent gunshot wound.

Authorities found 18-year-old Kemundrey Pittmon of Bradenton dead later behind a shopping center on the 2100 block of Cortez Road West in Bradenton. Deputies say Pittman also appears to be the victim of a gunshot wound.

Deputies say got an arrest warrant for murder for 17-year-old Joe Clerjuste of Bradenton, but have not yet been able to find him to take him into custody.

Both teens appear to have been shot behind the shopping center, say deputies.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Clerjuste should contact the MCSO at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.