18-year-old dies in shooting at Sarasota park

Deputies are investigating a shooting death in Ackerman Park in Sarasota.
Deputies are investigating a shooting death in Ackerman Park in Sarasota.(WWSB-TV)
Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 7:03 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 30, 2021 at 11:41 AM EST
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UPDATED at 4:08, Dec. 30 with new information.

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - An 18-year-old man was shot and killed Wednesday night in a Sarasota County park, authorities said.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reported the man was hit by gunfire at Ackerman Park on Apex Road at about 10:45 p.m.

After being shot, the victim was apparently driven to the nearby Fruitville Public Library where deputies found him in a car in the parking lot, sheriff’s office Lt. Mike Dumer told ABC7. The victim died despite efforts to save him.

His information is currently being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Deputies may have new evidence as of Thursday afternoon.

While ABC7 was on scene gathering information, a county employee revealed he had found five bullet casings in the park while he was doing a routine cleanup.

Our reporter on scene informed the sheriff’s office of the find.

The shooting, according to Dumer, appears to be an isolated incident and it is believed that there is no danger to the general public.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4900.

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