Suspect on the Run, Employee Missing After Shooting Incident at Tropicana Plant in Bradenton

In a shocking incident on Monday night, a shooting took place at the Tropicana Plant in Bradenton, resulting in one employee being injured. The suspect, identified as Demetrius Tyrone Bell, entered the plant and shot another male employee before fleeing the scene in a black 2015 Camaro with Florida license plate QUQF97.

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Safety Concerns and Police Response

The Bradenton Police Department swiftly responded to the incident, expressing concern for the safety of employees and the community. Meredith Frameli, the public information officer for the police department, highlighted the terrifying nature of the event and reassured the public that the authorities are actively working on the case.

Victim Hospitalized, No Other Injuries Reported

The victim of the shooting was immediately taken to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. Fortunately, no other employees were harmed during the incident. Investigators believe that the shooting resulted from a dispute between the two involved individuals, with indications of a prior relationship.

Search for Missing Endangered Person

In connection to the shooting, the police department has confirmed that they are searching for a 38-year-old woman named Elecia Nicole Bing. Bing, an employee at Tropicana Bradenton and a co-worker of both the victim and the suspect, was last seen leaving the facility with Bell. Authorities are considering her a missing endangered person and have expressed concerns for her safety.

Description of Missing Individual and Suspect’s Background

Elecia Nicole Bing is described as approximately 5’10” tall, weighing around 110 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a yellow safety shirt and blue jeans. Meanwhile, the suspect, Demetrius Tyrone Bell, has a history of criminal charges, including domestic violence, drug possession, and armed robbery. Being a convicted felon, Bell should not have been in possession of a firearm.

Tropicana’s Response and Commitment to Employee Safety

Tropicana, in a statement to FOX 13, expressed deep concern over the incident and its impact on the injured employee and the entire workforce. The company emphasized that employee safety is their top priority and stated their collaboration with local authorities to ensure a thorough investigation and maintain a safe working environment.

Active Search and Call for Information

The Bradenton Police Department is actively searching for both Demetrius Tyrone Bell and Elecia Nicole Bing. Individuals with any information regarding the incident or the whereabouts of the suspect and missing person are urged to contact Detective Jeff Beckley at (941) 932-9356 or via email at

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