Police investigate early morning shooting in Sarasota

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SARASOTA - Sarasota Police are investigating a shooting where a 16- year-old was injured by stray bullets.

Officers responded to Pershing Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to investigate gunshots. At the same time, a young man was driven to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with an injury to his back from a stray bullet in the same area.

The young man was a passenger in his family member’s vehicle and was passing through Pershing Av and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd when the vehicle was shot twice. One bullet lodged in the vehicle and the other bullet went through the trunk and the back seat, striking the young man’s back. He was treated at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for a minor injury and released hours later.

At the same time, officers made contact with a black male who claims he was in the area of Pershing Av and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd when he was shot at numerous times by an unknown assailant. The victim ran from the area, dodging bullets and ended up at a family member’s home. The victim then left the area, by vehicle, flagging down a Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Deputy in the County of Sarasota, who contacted SPD Officers to respond to his location in the County. This victim was not injured.

At this time, the shooter has not been identified. The shooting is being actively investigated by Sarasota Police Detectives.

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact Sarasota Police Detective McDowell at (941) 364-7309.