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SARASOTA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 20-year-old Sarasota man in connection with the fatal shooting at Ackerman Park.

Deputies responded just before 11:00 p.m. on Dec. 29 to reports of gunfire at Ackerman Park located at 400 Apex Road in Sarasota. Witnesses said a large group of 40 to 50 people were gathered in the park when several shots were fired from the backseat of a vehicle in the parking lot. Bystanders discovered the victim on the ground with a single gunshot wound to his back and chased him from the scene, meeting paramedics in another nearby parking lot where he was pronounced dead.

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After investigation, detectives determined that the suspect vehicle was a golden Hyundai occupied by Kalvion Turner, born 7/26/01, and Nyquan Priester, born 5/10/01, in the back seat. During an interview, Turner admitted to being in the car at the time of the shooting, but denied firing the gun. The driver of the Hyundai later identified Priester as the shooter.

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The investigation also revealed hours after the shooting, Turner accompanied Priester to Whitaker Park located at 1455 North Tamiami Trail in the city of Sarasota where Priester may have thrown a gun. Detectives, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force (SURF), searched the park and surrounding waters, but were unable to locate a weapon. On Thursday afternoon, Turner voluntarily arrived at the sheriff’s office headquarters and was taken into custody.

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Turner, of 2827 Pershing Avenue, is charged with primary second degree murder with a firearm and is still being held today without bond. Detectives continue to search for Priester who is wanted on a single count of second degree murder and discharging a firearm from a vehicle within 1,000 feet of any person. He is about 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 145 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Section at 941.861.4900. The investigation is ongoing.

Sarasota man arrested in connection with fatal shooting at Ackerman Park – CBS Tampa

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