Bradenton police continue to investigate a fatal shooting that happened in front of a crowd Thursday night at a youth football practice.
The shooting happened in the parking lot of the 13th Avenue Dream Center around 8 p.m., and police have identified the victim as 39-year-old Brenton Coleman Sr.
"We don't know if he had family here or if he was just here watching the game," said Cpt. William Fowler. "That's what we're trying to figure out now."
A Manatee Mustangs youth football practice was going on nearby with a crowd of about 300 to 400 people, Fowler said.
According to Bradenton police, two masked gunmen approached Coleman and opened fire.
The crowds went running when they heard the shots.
"This guy was definetly targeted," Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said.
The management of the community center released a statement Friday morning, saying the shooting incident was "isolated" and did not reflect on the safety of its youth football events.
"We express our sincere condolences to the family of the victim of this senseless isolated act of violence," President and CEO Patrick Carnegie said.
The center did say, however, it's now going to provide more security at events.
In the meantime, police had strong words for the shooters.
"It's outrageous for them to think that the community is going to tolerate this," Chief Radzilowski said.
Radzilowski said Coleman was "assassinated" in front of hundreds of children and parents.
Two masked gunmen signaled him out of the crowd, then shot and killed him.
"I heard something that was like firecrackers," said neighbor Becky Daughtry.
Shes lived in the area over 20 years and is torn up over the shooting.
"It is for the children and its just sad this had to happen in this community," she said.
Patrick Carnegie, President of United Community Centers, said Coleman was here to see his son practice with the Manatee Mustangs and his daughter cheerlead.
"We need to let them know it's not okay to come out and do senseless acts of vioelnce in a presence of kids and families," he said.
Coleman's past includes convictions for drug possession and delivery. He spent a total of four years behind bars. The chief aknowledged Coleman's past, but said no one deserves to be murdered, especially at a place full of children.
"Bradenton is still a relatively small town everybody out there knows everybody that many people out there someone must have recognized something," he said.
The chief asks if anyone knows any information to contact CrimeStoppers.
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