SARASOTA, Fla. (FOX 13) - The Sarasota Police Department says the teenager responsible for the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old has turned himself in.
Around 2 p.m. Monday, Sarasota police said James Griffin Jr. turned himself in at the Juvenile Assessment Center in Manatee County.
Griffin is facing a felony charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child.
"We were concerned very early on in this investigation. This individual had a firearm and was out in the community. We are just thankful he decided to do the right thing and turn himself in and we can now rest a little bit easier and continue our investigation," said Genevieve Judge with the Sarasota Police Department.
On Sunday, officers received reports of shots fired shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Gregg Court.
When emergency crews arrived, the victim, a teenage boy, was found deceased.
Police identified the suspect in the shooting as 17-year-old James Griffin Jr.
Authorities are now trying to piece together what led up to the shooting. They spent the morning talking to those in the neighborhood with the hopes of finding answers.
They will also be looking into posts on Griffin's Facebook page which appeared after the shooting.
The posts said the victim was his friend and the shooting was an accident.
"We are aware of those social media posts. We know what has been said in those. Whether it’s accidental or not that’s all still under investigation," said Judge.
Citing Marcy's Law the police would not release the victim's name. Right now investigators are focused on figuring out how exactly this happened.
"We just need to speak to Griffin and now that he is in custody we can do that," said Judge.
The case remains an active and ongoing investigation.