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Bradenton smoke shop worker killed during attempted robbery

Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A man viewing surveillance video watched in horror as his brother was held up at gunpoint at a Bradenton smoke shop. He called 911, and when officers arrived, they found a man’s body, authorities said.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Green Galaxy Smoke Shop, 3200 block of 1st Street West, early Wednesday morning after the man, who was watching surveillance video remotely, saw two men pointing guns at his brother.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office

Deputies arrived at the scene and found the body of 23-year-old Mohammed Hamid.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office

Investigators suspect Hamid was killed during an attempted robbery. It’s unclear if a suspect is in custody.

“For investigative reasons the manner of violence used is not being released at this time,” Randy Warren, a spokesperson for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Detectives say the two suspects were armed with an SKS rifle with a bayonet.

Anyone with information on the case is being asked to call detectives at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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