Ellenton man charged in triple shooting in Sarasota

SARASOTA -- An Ellenton man was arrested on Friday in connection to a shooting earlier this week where three people were wounded, Sarasota police said.

Bobby U. Sharpe, 22, was arrested on three counts of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, a media release said.

At about 1 a.m. Sunday, Sarasota police officers heard gunshots on North Washington Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Way, a media release said.

Calls to police reported that 40 to 50 shots were fired and several people were injured on the 2500 block of North Washington Boulevard.

Officers found three people – two of them inside a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo – who “suffered multiple gunshot wounds,” the release said.

Two victims were taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton with critical injuries. The third person, who is from Bradenton, was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

On Tuesday, Rashad Lee Steen, 20, was arrested and faces the same charges. He was booked into the Sarasota County jail.

The investigation continues, a media release said.

Authorities ask anyone with information to call Detective Michael Jackson, 941-954-7096.