Crime

Teen shoots and kills another teen in Sarasota, police say. The suspect is still at large.

A teenager was found shot to death in Sarasota early Sunday, according to police.

Just before 12:30 a.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 1700 block of Gregg Court and found a 17-year-old male dead from a gunshot wound, police said.

The family of the victim has requested that his identity not be made public under the protection of Florida’s Marsy’s Law.

Police have developed probable cause for the arrest of 17-year-old James Griffin, Jr. on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child. A judge has issued a pick up order for the minor’s arrest.

Griffin is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him is advised to call 911.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Detectives were canvassing the area for possible witnesses early Sunday morning, according to police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge.

“We’re confident we’re going to find the person or people responsible for this,” Judge said.

Anyone with information can call Sarasota police at 941-316-1199 or Crimestoppers at 941-366-TIPS.

Ryan Ballogg covers arts, entertainment, dining, breaking and local news for the Bradenton Herald. He won first place for feature writing in the Florida Press Club’s 2018 Excellence in Journalism Competition. Ryan is a Florida native and graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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