Arrest made in Sarasota teen's shooting death

Sarasota, Florida — Detectives have made an arrest after a 19-year-old Sarasota man was killed early this morning after being shot in the chest.

20-year-old Darian K. Davis has been charged with 1st degree murder.

Davis was located in Manatee County and has been booked into the Manatee County Jail.

It happened at the 4800 block of Baccus Avenue, right across the street from a church.

Sarasota deputies tell 10 News they are still actively investigating this crime.

Neighbors told us there was a party there last night; then early this morning, shots rang out.

"About 5 minutes after I woke up I heard the shooting… pop pop pop pop," said a neighbor who only wanted to be identified as "Lee."

She said it happened fast.

"It's not a good thing. You never want to see somebody dead," she said.

Sarasota deputies say 19-year-old Justin Ates was killed around 4:00 A.M.; found dead outside of a home on Baccus Ave.

"Hurt. I feel hurt because I know he's gone and I'll never see him again," said Ates' grandmother Nellie Ates. "He really was happy all the time...that's the thing."

Sarasota deputies say they were called out before the shooting for a noise complaint call. Neighbors have told us there was a big party going on.

Later, and early in the morning, deputies were called back out for shots fired where they found 19-year-old Justin Ates lying dead in a driveway. He was shot in the chest.

Ates graduated from Sarasota Military Academy in 2013. His grandmother raised Ates as her own.

"He been with me, been with me every since he was born," she said.

Nellie looked on at pictures of her dead grandson the family took this past Mother's Day.

"I said we taking these pictures because this time next year we all don't know if we're going to be together or not."

She wants to know why her grandson was killed.

"What's the reason he got killed? That's my problem now, 'cause I really don't know."

Detectives have yet to release a motive for the killing.

Neighbors told 10 News they saw people being led away in handcuffs.

Further investigation is being conducted.


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