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Man shot during Tarpon Springs robbery attempt out of hospital

A man shot during a robbery attempt in Tarpon Springs over the weekend was released from the hospital, police said. Bradley Edward Perez, 19, was shot once while trying to wrestle a gun away from an armed attacker Saturday night, police said. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center. Perez was walking with a 16-year-old girl along South Walton Avenue at 9:37 p.m. when the gunman emerged from the woods, police said.
The gunman wore a gray or blue hoodie with the hood pulled over his head. He ordered the couple to move to an area off the sidewalk and that's when Perez tried to get the gun. He was shot in the left side of his upper body during the struggle, police said. The gunman fled east through the woods. A tracking dog was brought to the area, but the search for the gunman was unsuccessful. The robber was described as Hispanic in his early 30s, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing between 130 and 150 pounds. Detectives are following up on investigative leads, no additional suspect information at this time, police said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Tarpon Springs police at (727) 938-2840
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