Sarasota police increase security after 18-year-old shot at county fair

An 18-year-old male was seriously injured Saturday night after being shot at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds shortly after 10 p.m., according to the Sarasota Police Department.

The victim was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and was in stable condition Sunday morning after undergoing surgery.

According to police, there is no direct threat to the public and they do not think this was a random encounter between the shooter and the victim.  

The shooter has not been taken into custody.

Sarasota police say they are increasing uniformed presence at the fair and the private security company contracted by the Sarasota County Fair Board will be searching bags and using wands on patrons before being allowed onto the fairgrounds. The fair opened on Friday and will end on March 28.

Sarasota Police detectives are asking anyone with information or video, to please call the Criminal Investigations Division at 941-263-6070.

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