Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Police searching for suspect after a shooting at the Tropicana Bradenton plant

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Bradenton Police Department detectives are actively looking for a suspect involved in a shooting that occurred on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Tropicana Bradenton plant, 9th St. E., Bradenton. 

At approximately 10:24 p.m. an employee, identified as Demitrius Tyrone Bell, 50, entered the plant and shot another male employee once. Bell then left the plant in a 2015 black Camaro with Florida license plate QUQF97.

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Bell was last seen driving a 2015 black Camaro with Florida license plate QUQF97. Photo is an example of vehicle.

The victim was transported as a trauma alert to an area hospital for treatment and is in stable condition. No other employees were injured, and it is believed the two men were involved in a dispute. Warrants have been issued for Bell, who faces charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Elecia Nicole Bing, 38, was last seen leaving the Tropicana Bradenton facility on Monday night with Bell, who is accused of shooting a co-worker at the plant. Bing is an employee of Tropicana Bradenton and was a co-worker of the victim and Bell.

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Elecia Nicole Bing

Police are concerned for her safety. Bing is 5’10”, approximately 110 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a yellow safety shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on Bell’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Jeff Beckley at 941-932-9356 or [email protected]. You can also contact the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300. 

To remain anonymous and eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll-free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip through manateecrimestoppers.com. 

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