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Man charged, second man wanted in connection to fatal Florida shooting

Source: Sarasota police; MEGA

Jan. 17 2022, Published 10:13 a.m. ET

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A 20-year-old Florida man was arrested in connection to a fatal shooting after he turned himself in and police are searching for a second suspect.

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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of gunshots at Ackerman Park located at 400 Apex Road in Sarasota, Florida, around 11 p.m. on Dec. 29.

Witnesses said a large group of 40 to 50 people were gathered in the park when several shots were fired from the back seat of a car in the parking lot, according to the sheriff's office.

Bystanders reportedly found the victim on the ground with a gunshot wound to his back and drove him away from the scene. They met paramedics in another parking lot nearby, according to the sheriff's office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives determined Kalvion Turner was driving the gold Hyundai and Nyquan Priester, 20, in the back seat.

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Last week, Turner turned himself in and reportedly 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, according to a statement from The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department.


Turner reportedly accompanied Priester to Whitaker Park located at 1455 North Tamiami Trail, where Priester may have tossed the gun, according to the sheriff' office. Detectives searched the park and surrounding water but could not find the weapon.

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Turner was charged with principal to second-degree murder with a firearm and remains in custody without bond.

Detectives are still looking for for Priester.

Officials said he is approximately 5-feet-3-inches tall and weighs 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Section at (941) 861-4900


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