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Manhunt for Teen

SARASOTA (WWSB) - A 17-year-old is being sought by the Sarasota Police Department after a teenager was found dead overnight on Gregg Court in Sarasota.

Police say they have developed probable cause to arrest 17-year-old James Griffin, Jr. and he is facing alleged aggravated manslaughter of a child. Griffin is considered to be armed and dangerous, according to the Sarasota Police Department. Police say a juvenile pick up order has been obtained.

Griffin, 17, is facing charges of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child
Griffin, 17, is facing charges of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child (Source: Sarasota Police Depar)

Police were called to the scene on the 1700 block of Gregg Court just before 12:30am on Sunday on reports of a shooting. When they arrived, they found a male teenager dead from a suspected gunshot wound.

Some neighbors say they heard at least two gunshots. Lakesha Williams is the mother of a 4-year-old girl. She lives in the neighborhood where this shooting death happened and is always fearful for the safety of her and your young daughter.

“It’s pretty scary, you know that’s anybody’s neighborhood," said Williams. "They hear gunshots you know and first thing they get intimidated try to figure out what’s going on, it’s just everyday life out here.”

Fatal shooting on Gregg Court in Sarasota
Fatal shooting on Gregg Court in Sarasota (Source: Sarasota Police)

According to the Sarasota Police Department, the family has requested the victim’s identify to remain protected until further notice under Florida’s Marsy’s Law, Article 1, Section 16 of the Florida Constitution.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199 or Crimestoppers at 941-366-TIPS.

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