MANATEE — An 18-year-old man suspected in the shooting death of a Bayshore High School cheerleader turned himself in late Saturday, the sheriff's office said.
Daniel f. Williams, who has been sought by detectives since the Friday night shooting, walked into the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on 301 Boulevard at about 10 p.m.
He was immediately arrested and charged with second-degree murder, according to brief statement from sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow.
Sheriff Brad Steube said investigators early Saturday obtained an arrest warrant for Williams.
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Investigators have been looking for Williams since shortly after Jasmine Thompson, 17, was shot to death just after 11 p.m. Friday while riding in a car in the 1000-1300 blocks of 37th Avenue East, near Southeast High School.
Steube said Thompson was shot after some sort of conversation between Williams, Thompson and three other teenage females riding with Thompson.
"I hope the public and community are outraged by this," Steube said at a news conference Saturday. "This is another senseless killing."
The sheriff's office released a photograph Saturday in hopes the public would expedite Williams arrest.
Steube would not go into detail about the conversation between Williams and the other teenagers, or the nature of the relationship, if any, between the victim and the suspect. He did indicate that the gun has not been recovered.
Steube said Williams is currently not a student in Manatee County schools. He was previously arrested as an adult for disorderly conduct at Palmetto High School. He also has a juvenile arrest record, but Steube would not go into detail about that.
Bayshore High School’s football team played at Manatee High Friday night.
After the game, Thompson and two classmates from Bayshore picked up another friend who is a student at Southeast, according to a sheriff's office news release earlier this morning.
"After leaving Southeast, the four girls encountered the suspect, who was acquainted with at least some of the girls. The suspect had a gun and for reasons unknown at this time, began firing the weapon," the release states. "The window of the vehicle was rolled down and the victim was hit at least once in the upper body. "
Steube said witnesses reported hearing four gunshots.
The car’s occupants discovered during the drive home that Thompson had been shot in the head. They sped to Thompson's home in the 900 block of 32nd Street East and called authorities, according to officials.
At Thompson's home late Friday, crime scene tape stretched around the front of the residence. A vehicle with its back doors opened sat in the driveway and was the center of law officers’ attention. A drape covered the back-seat opening on the driver’s side.
Outside the crime-scene tape, dozens of young people stood and watched, some of them crying.
Thompson is the second current or former Bayshore High School student to be shot to death in a month. DeJuan Williams, 18, a star athlete who graduated last spring, was killed Aug. 4 in the backyard of his home when he confronted another teenager who had been visiting Williams' sister, according to the sheriff's office. Byron Galloway, 16, a student at Southeast, has been arrested on a murder charge.
Thompson's death is the 26th homicide investigated in Manatee County this year.
The investigation of Thompson's death is continuing. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 747-3011, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.