Early morning shooting in Bradenton leaves one teen dead

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UPDATE: Jasper Dudley and Frank Brice have both been arrested.  Dudley was arrested Monday night, and Frank Brice turned himself into deputies early Tuesday morning.


BRADENTON, Fla. - Detectives in Manatee and Sarasota counties are looking into a shooting that left a 17-year-old girl dead.  Two men have been named as suspects.

It happened early Monday morning.  According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, around 2am, an altercation took place in the parking lot of the Royal Palm Theater off U.S. 301 in Bradenton, which led to the shooting.

The victim, 17-year-old Teria'le Rawls, a student at Riverview High, was being driven to Sarasota Memorial Hospital when the vehicle was pulled over in Sarasota near the intersection on U.S. 301 and University.

"A very energetic child who came to school every single day, great attendance, solid grade point average.  She probably was going to do something in the field of medicine when she graduated," says Riverview High School assistant principle Melanie Dunham of Rawls.

The minute Riverview High principal Linda Nook heard of the tragedy, she assembled a group consisting of students and faculty to address any concerns. "Immediately we were able to put together a crisis team who came out to the school and we probably had forty students show up this morning."

Monday afternoon, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office identified two men wanted for the fatal shooting.  Arrest warrants have been issued for 19-year-olds Frank Brice and Jasper Dudley.

Brice, a former running back at Southeast High, was arrested last August on gun possession charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call 941-747-3011, ext. 2547 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

A candle light vigil to remember Rawls is scheduled for 7pm Monday at the Riverwalk in Downtown Bradenton.

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