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Detectives release name of suspect in Sarasota church shooting

One person was injured in a shooting during a party at a Sarasota church late Saturday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

About 10:38 p.m., shots were fired during what deputies described as a “large party” at St. Wilfred Episcopal Church, 3773 Wilkinson Road, Sarasota. While deputies were investigating at the church, the victim arrived at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives identified the suspect in the shooting and obtained arrest warrants for Joaquin Vasquez-Sosa, 41. He is wanted for aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm, deputies said.

The victim was treated and released.

The victim and Vasquez-Sosa are known to each other, deputies said, and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information regarding Vasquez-Sosa’s whereabouts is asked to contact 941-861-4900 or Crimes Stoppers of Sarasota County at 941-366-8477.

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