Manatee investigators now say the stray bullet that injured an unidentified 4-year-old boy was not aimed at the child's house. They say it came from a rolling shooting on 26th Street in Bradenton.
"Shots actually came from the suspect vehicle intended for the other vehicle, not intended for the house, we don't believe," sheriffs office spokesman David Bristow said.
The number of people involved is not yet known.
"From the suspect vehicle, we're thinking three or four (people)," Bristow said. "We're thinking the person who actually fired the rounds was in the passenger side, possibly the back passenger side."
The sheriff's office also released a photograph of a 20-year-old man identified as Horatio Papillion, a "person of interest."
Bristow said detectives think Papillion was in the shooter's car.
The 4-year-old boy was playing on his bed shortly after 11:00 a.m. Saturday when a bullet pierced his window, struck a headboard, then hit him in the head.
His injuries are non-life threatening, Bristow said.
"He's going to be in the hospital for some time...maybe a few weeks," he added.
Monday afternoon, local glazier Smokey Smithley replaced the punctured window glass.
"This is really nasty," Smihtley said, "An innocent bystander, a little child. It's uncalled for."
Elizabeth Mueller, who lives next door, did not recognize the photograph of Papillion. Like others, she found the new explanation of a rolling shooting more understandable than a drive-by shooting.
"...but it still doesn't make you feel any more secure," Mueller said. "Now they're moving around and you don't know where they're going to go."
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