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Bradenton smoke shop busted on Friday

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – A smoke shop bust was conducted in Manatee County on Friday.

Deputies were conducting an under-age tobacco and nicotine operation to target smoke shops.

13 stores were checked in total and the good news is only one was busted. However, this was bad news for Dragon Headz shop on 30th Street in Bradenton.

Deputies issued their clerk a notice to appear after they sold a box of vape pen cartridges to an under-age informant.

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A smoke shop bust was conducted in Manatee County on Friday.

Bradenton Smoke Shop Co-Owner Killed; 2 Men Sought

BRADENTON, Fla. — Investigators are searching for two suspects they believe are responsible for killing a 23-year-old man inside the Bradenton smoke shop he ran alongside his brother.

  • Mohammed Hamed found dead inside shop
  • Surveillance photos released of possible suspects
  • Hamed remembered as intelligent, grounded person

Mohammed Hamed was working at the Green Galaxy Smoke & Vape Shop late Tuesday night when investigators say two armed intruders entered the store.

Just before 11 p.m., Hamed’s brother called 911 to report that he could see Mohammed on the store’s video surveillance system on the ground with two men armed with a gun standing near him.

These are the two suspects in Mohammed Hamed’s murder. Investigators say they were armed with a SKS rifle with a bayonet when they entered Green Galaxy Smoke & Vape shop in Bradenton. Any info? Please call @ManateeSheriff at (941) 747-3011 @BN9 pic.twitter.com/lNEtiNvII7

Deputies rushed to the scene and found Hamed dead in the back room where he was known to sleep.

On Wednesday morning, the shop’s “open” sign remained illuminated but the doors were locked. Throughout the day, friends stopped by with balloons, flowers, and notes for the family.

“I couldn’t find a job and this man let me borrow some money so I could put gas in my car to drive for Uber,” said Letitia Parker through tears. She stated that Mohammed often went by ‘Mo’ and was both kind and gentle.

“He stood for his religion as a Muslim,” she said. “He was just an intelligent and grounded individual.”

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

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 747-3011.

Investigators are searching for two men they believe are responsible for killing a 23-year-old man inside the smoke shop he ran with his brother.