|Published:||Mar 31, 2011 3:30 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 31, 2011 12:36 AM EDT|
NORTH PORT, Fla. -- It's a story you first saw on WINK. A Manatee County teacher is shot and killed. Now the North Port community where the teacher lived is trying to piece together how it could have happened in their neighborhood.
It was Tuesday night at about 10:15 p.m., when North Port Police said that two unknown people only described as wearing masks and dark clothing, walked up to a home at 2565 Aldren Street, rang the doorbell and when Ken Ellis answered, he was shot and killed.
"It was pretty wild. As soon as I turned down my road, the police stopped me and made me show my ID," said Jason Hammond, neighbor. Hammond said he is watching his home a little closer after a beloved teacher and neighbor was shot and killed Tuesday night.
"You don't expect things like that to happen around here. Its something that really, I can't even, I'm still trying to wrap my head around it," said Hammond.
North Port Police say Ellis answered the door and was shot in the upper torso. Witnesses said they saw two suspects running away.
"We don't know if this was a obviously we don't believe so but we don't know if it was a random act or if he was targeted," said Captain Robert Estrada, North Port Police.
Ellis worked at Manatee School for the Arts where he was a teacher and a Tae Kwon Do instructor.
Neighbor Hans Smelker didn't know Ellis but he said he heard shots and now he's in fear that the shooters are still on the loose.
"I have two small girls and my wife. I was worried that might try and come back. I hope they catch whoever this is," said Smelker.
Police said Ellis' wife was home when her husband was gunned down. She told investigators no words were exchanged between her husband and the suspects.
Hammond said he'll be keeping an extra eye out. "Stay up late. I'll have my dogs outside all night. That is about the only thing I can do. Keep the phone by us, someone comes around dial 9-1-1," said Hammond.
Neighbors said a dark colored, 4-door sedan was seen leaving the area. If you have any information, call North Port Police at 941-429-7382 or 941-429-7300.