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15-year-old arrested in Siesta Key shooting

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Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 3:24 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Sarasota Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a late-night shooting in the parking lot of Siesta Key Beach.

According to Sheriff’s spokesperson Kaitlyn Perez, deputies were investigating a noise complaint late Friday night when they heard several gunshots at the opposite end of the Siesta Key Beach parking lot. One victim was located with two gunshot wounds that are non-life-threatening.

Deputies said the shooter, described as a white male in red jogging pants and a white shirt, ran away from the scene before they could find him.

The victim told deputies he was hanging out on the sidewalk when he saw the boy brandishing a handgun as a deputy with a flashlight approached him.

A witness on the fifth floor balcony of a building said she saw the teen chatting with the victim’s friend on a street corner before the shots were fired. The witness said she watched the boy pull out a handgun and shoot the man several times.

Deputies said they found shell casings and a 9mm Glock handgun near the scene, and later found a teen matching the description of the shooter at the intersection of Higel Avenue and Cedar Park Circle. They said he was riding a bicycle with no taillights. He was taken into custody.

He was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon, loitering and prowling, the report said.

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