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Police arrest teen in Tampa, search for another after deadly Sarasota shooting

A 16-year-old was arrested following the Sunday shooting in the area of Palmadelia Avenue and 22nd Street.

SARASOTA, Fla. — Update: Police arrested 16-year-old Thamar Liafortune, the second teen wanted in connection to this shooting, on Wednesday.

Deputies arrested a teenage girl in connection to a weekend shooting that left one teen dead and two others, including a 9-year-old, hurt.

Sha’Miya Williams, 16, was arrested on Monday by Hillsborough County deputies in Tampa following the shooting Sunday in the area of Palmadelia Avenue and 22nd Street in Sarasota, according to the Sarasota Police Department. 

Officers say they responded to Palmadelia Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls of shots being fired. Witnesses told police they saw two people shooting from a gold-colored sedan that came to a stop at a nearby intersection, according to the department.

Witnesses added that one of the shooters was using a rifle from the rear driver's side door while the other shooter was using a handgun from the driver's seat, police say. 

The shooting is believed to have started as an altercation between two of the people shot.

A 17-year-old boy was taken to the hospital where he later died. Officers say a 16-year-old boy, who was shot in the hand, and a 9-year-old girl who was shot in the shoulder, were are hospitalized for their injuries.

According to police, six more minors between ages seven and 17 were in the line of gunfire but did not get shot.

Williams faces charges of homicide and other counts of attempted homicide.

A 16-year-old Brandon teen, identified as Thamar Liafortune, is wanted on the same charges for his alleged involvement.

The shooting is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Sarasota police at 941-263-6070.

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Editor's note: This story previously reported that the minors shot were 8 and 17 years old. It has been updated to reflect new information from the Sarasota Police Department. 

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