Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Shootings Leave 3 Dead in Bradenton | Slayings near Site of Another Two Weeks Ago

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Shootings Leave 3 Dead in Bradenton | Slayings near Site of Another Two Weeks Ago

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MANATEE COUNTY

MANATEE COUNTY -- Two homicide cases just hours apart rocked the Pride Park neighborhood on New Year's Day.

In the early morning, Sheriff's Office detectives responded to an apparent double murder in an apartment in the 5700 block of 11th Street East. In the afternoon, they investigated a shooting in the 500 block of 60th Avenue Terrace West that resulted in one death and another person hospitalized with a nonlife-threatening injury.

"These two shootings do not appear to be related," Sheriff Brad Steube told media near the site of the second homicide case. "Neither of these are random. In both instances, they (the victims) were targeted."

The killings come just two weeks after deputies responded to reports of a shooting in the nearby 1000 block of 61st Avenue Drive East and found a man dead inside a van.

In the double homicide case, detectives identified the gunshot victims as Demetrius Robinson, 37, and Florence Randall, 31.

At 5:14 a.m., 911 dispatchers received a call from a family member of one of the victims who reportedly discovered the bodies of the boyfriend and girlfriend in a rear apartment of a triplex in the 5700 block of 11th Street East.

"We have theories on motives, and we're doing quite a few interviews," Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow said.

Bristow said authorities did not expect an immediate arrest.

Robinson and Randall both had criminal records.

In 1997, Robinson pleaded no contest and received probation on a charge of possession of cocaine.

He was scheduled for a jury trial in May on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. His wife, Tiffany Robinson, accused him of following and striking her car, in which their two children were passengers, with his vehicle after trying to get into an argument with her at a fast-food restaurant.

According to his jail booking information, Robinson stated that he was self-employed in lawn-care service. …

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