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Police continue investigation of Lido Key shooting

The Sarasota Police Department is still gathering information on a Friday night incident that culminated in officers finding the suspected shooter dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

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  • | 12:17 p.m. July 12, 2021
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A preliminary investigation into a weekend shooting incident on Lido Key indicates a former employee went into a condominium building and fired several shots before barricading himself inside a room and eventually shooting himself, the Sarasota Police Department announced.

The incident remains under investigation, according to a release from the Police Department today. Shortly before midnight Friday, police responded to a shooting at 1800 Benjamin Franklin Drive, the address of the L'elegance on Lido Key condo. Callers told police dispatch the gunman was a recently fired maintenance worker who was angry about losing his job.

The police said an initial investigation showed the suspected gunman went to a specific condo with the intent of hurting a man who resided there. The man and woman living at the condo fled, and the gunman reportedly fired multiple shots at them before going into a parking garage and shooting into two unoccupied vehicles. The man and woman escaped without serious injury, according to the release.

The gunman then barricaded himself inside a condo, police said. Officers found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot shortly after 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Police Department encouraged anyone with information on the case to share it with authorities by calling the SPD criminal investigations division at 263-6070. Members of the public can also leave an anonymous tip via Sarasota County Crime Stoppers by calling 366-8477 or by visiting the Crime Stoppers website.


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