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Police: Missing woman was last seen leaving Tropicana plant with man accused of shooting co-worker

Demitrius Bell, 50, is accused of shooting another male employee during a dispute.

BRADENTON, Fla. — Police in Bradenton are searching for a woman considered endangered in connection to a man accused of shooting a co-worker at the Tropicana plant, the police department said in a news release.

Elecia Bing, 38, was last seen leaving the Tropicana Bradenton facility with Demetrius Bell, 50. Bing is also an employee of Tropicana.

Bing is described as being 5 feet, 10 inches tall and around 110 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a yellow safety shirt and blue jeans, Bradenton police said.

"We are concerned for her safety," a news release reads.

The shooting happened just before 10:30 p.m. Monday at the Tropicana plant on 9th Street East in Bradenton.

Police say 50-year-old Demitrius Bell entered the plant and shot another male employee before leaving in a 2015 black Camaro with Florida license plate QUQF97.

Credit: Bradenton Police Department
2015 Camaro

The man was transported to an area hospital as a trauma alert, according to the police report. No other employees were injured.

Detectives believe the two men were involved in a dispute.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Bell, who faces charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Anyone with information on where Bell may be is asked to contact Detective Jeff Beckley at 941-932-9356 or jeff.beckley@bradentonpd.com.

People can also call tips to the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300.

Anyone who would like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477 or online at ManateeCrimeStoppers.com to be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. 

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