Sarasota Shooting: Police investigating incident at mall
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The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a shooting incident at the Sarasota Commons, according to a post on X, platform formerly known as Twitter. The mall is located in the 900 block of North Beneva Road. No other details are available at the moment.
“Sarasota Police are investigating a shooting that occurred around 11:30 a.m. in the 900 block of N Beneva Road, Sarasota Commons. This is an active investigation. No further details can be released at this time. Media can stage outside of the crime scene tape at 935 N Beneva Rd,” the department tweeted.
Authorities are looking for the person responsible for the shooting. An employee at Sarasota Commons, Tyler Gervasi, told FOX 13: “I heard one loud pop, and then I heard three or four more loud pops, and the customer looked at me, and I looked at the customer, and we both knew there were gunshots.”
“They were fencing off a crime area, and my truck was inside and after taking a good look at my truck, I have two big blood spots on my hood,” a nearby shopper told the media outlet. “It’s a little unnerving, you see it on TV, but you kind of get calloused to it, but when you walk up on it, it’s a different story,” he added.
Police confirmed that one person was shot and taken to the Sarasota Memorial Hospital just after 11:30 AM local time. Their condition is not known yet. The victim has not been named yet.