Teen to face felony charges in fairgrounds shooting

Teen to face felony charges in fairgrounds shooting
(Source: wwsb)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Sarasota Police detectives have filed charges against a 15-year-old male in connection to the Saturday night shooting at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.

The teen was arrested at his home early Monday, March 22. The suspect is facing three felony charges including:

  • Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon with intent to kill
  • Culpable negligence
  • Brandishing a firearm in public

The state attorney’s office has not yet made a determination if the teen will be charged as an adult in the case.

Sarasota Police detectives are confident this was an isolated incident where a verbal argument between two groups of people escalated into the suspect shooting the victim. The suspect and victim know each other and this was not a random incident. The victim, an 18-year-old man, remains at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in stable condition and is expected to survive.

The SPD says they have increased their uniformed and operational presence at the fair. A private security company that was contracted by the Sarasota County Fair Board will be searching bags and using wands on fairgoers before being let into the fairgrounds.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

Anyone with information or video is asked to contact the Sarasota Police Criminal Investigations Division at 941-263-6070 or Crime Stoppers of Sarasota County at 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.

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