Shooting Kills Manatee County Man

Murder victim Jody Pierce. Photo from MCSO.

Bradenton, Fla. (970 WFLA) - A shooting killed a man at an apartment unit Saturday, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to a report of gunshots at The Gates of Bradenton apartments at about 5 p.m. and found Jody Pierce, 41, dead inside.

"Detectives do not believe this was a random incident," a news release from the sheriff's office said. If they have a suspect, they did not say who it is. Pierce's criminal record includes arrests for petit theft, marijuana possession and contempt of court.

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