Adult, juveniles now charged with murder after North Port shooting victim dies

Anthony Wicks
Anthony Wicks(NPPD)
Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 5:09 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 at 4:33 PM EDT
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UPDATED June 24, with additional details, additional arrests.

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB) - One adult and four juveniles have been charged in connection with a deadly shooting that occurred Friday night in North Port.

Police were dispatched to the intersection of Biscayne Boulevard and Porto Chico Avenue just before 9 p.m. on Friday.

22-year-old Anthony Wicks was charged along with four juveniles -- one 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds and one 17-year-old. Wick and one of the juveniles are brother, according to our coverage partners at the North Port Sun.

According to police, the victim was having issues with one of the juveniles who is dating a female acquaintance. The victim and his friends were on their way to meet up with the juveniles in a vacant lot. Witnesses then saw a Red Nissan Cube drive up and gunshots rang out.

Detectives were able to determine the identities of the juveniles and that Wicks was the owner of the Nissan.

The victim, who had been on life support, died from his injuries Tuesday, according to North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor.

Wicks and the juveniles, who were were initially charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, are now facing second-degree murder charges.

“This is a very sad situation. Anytime young people are involved with a crime of this magnitude, we all need to reflect on what we are doing as a society,” Police Chief Todd Garrison said in a news release. “We are very fortunate in North Port that this is a very rare occurrence. With that said, our focus right now is justice for our victim. If you come to this city and take a life, you can expect to pay a very substantial price.”

- Information from the North Port Sun was used in this report.

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