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Sarasota police say juveniles’ argument leads to shooting incident

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Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 3:17 PM EDT
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UPDATED at 3 p.m. with Sarasota Police clarifying that no arrests have been made.

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Police are looking for two suspects who fired shots at a car filled with juveniles in downtown Sarasota Monday night, the Sarasota Police Department said.

At about 9:45 p.m., June 7, five juveniles told police they were shot at while inside a vehicle near Orange Avenue and South State Street. The vehicle was struck but none of the victims were hurt.

A short time later, another vehicle was stopped near the area of Clark Road and South Tamiami Trail. It was believed the vehicle and the two people inside were involved in the shooting. However, based on information gathered at the scene, the vehicle and two people inside were not involved, police now say.

Detectives have determined the shooting incident began as a result of a dispute in north Sarasota. The victims and the suspects traveled to the area of Orange Avenue and State Street when shots were fired. The suspects are unknown at this time.

Sarasota Police detectives believe this was an isolated incident. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Rya Coppinger at 941-263-6026 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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