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Date of Issue: May 24, 2007

Two arrested in Coquina shootings plead not guilty

The two men arrested on multiple charges in connection with the Easter Sunday shootings at Coquina Beach have pleaded not guilty.

Three people were injured in the shooting incident on April 8 - Jose Estrada, 20, Salvador Estrada, 27, and a 17-year-old identified by Bradenton Beach police as F.E. Authorities allege that they are connected to the Sur 13 street gang.

Two men, Santiago Delgado Jr., 21, and Rene Vasquez-Mendoza, 22, both of Plant City, were arrested in the incident. They are allegedly involved in the Norte 14 street gang.

Delgado faces charges of carrying a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharging a firearm.

Vasquez-Mendoza faces the following charges: three counts of attempted first degree murder, carrying a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharge of a firearm in public.

Delgado has been released from the Manatee County jail after posting bail.

Vasquez-Mendoza remains in jail on no bail. In late April, his request for a furloughed release from jail was denied.