Sarasota PD: Armed and dangerous teen turns himself in

Sarasota County

The manhunt for a suspected teenage gunman is over. Police say 17-year-old James Griffin has turned himself in.

Just before 12:30 Sunday morning, gunshots rang out along Gregg Court in Sarasota.

A 17-year-old boy was killed and detectives immediately started searching for a suspect, 17-year-old James Griffin.

Officials still have not said a motive, but many who live in the neighborhood are now in fear.

“These cats, these dudes, these kids, they’re too young! What is really going on?!” said one resident.

“You haven’t even really lived your life and you get shot and killed… People have kids. This don’t make no sense to me.”

After much media coverage, authorities say Griffin turned himself in Monday afternoon at the Juvenile Assessment Center in Manatee County.

“We were concerned very early on in this investigation because this individual did have a firearm and he was on the streets of our community. We’re just thankful that he decided to do the right thing and turn himself in. And now we can all rest a little easier and continue our investigation.,” said Sarasota Police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge.

Authorities are now interviewing Griffin to figure out exactly what happened.

He’s facing a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child.

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