The shooter and the victim were involved in an ongoing dispute over social media, the victim told police.
A 14-year-old girl is facing a second-degree attempted murder charge after she allegedly shot a 16-year-old boy multiple times, police say.
The victim told police that he saw Sha’Miya Williams “flexing” — posing on social media with a handgun — the same 9mm handgun that she is accused of using to shoot the victim.
Williams and the victim were involved in an ongoing dispute over social media, according to police.
When Sarasota Police responded to the 1700 block of 23rd Street Wednesday night, they found the 16-year-old boy with two gunshot wounds and a trail of blood leading up to the his home.
Williams fired about 9 rounds, striking the victim twice, leaving him with gunshot wounds to his right leg and left arm, police say.
Williams was attending Bayshore High School in Bradenton. The victim attends the Triad School, a Sarasota County alternative school for students who have been recommended for expulsion.
Two other juveniles were present at the crime scene, according to police reports.
The victim initially tried to withhold Williams’ identity from police, but upon further questioning told officers he has known Williams for five years.
A witness identified Williams as the shooter and called Williams a “stud,” saying they dated for a few weeks in December.
Williams was taken into custody Thursday and charged with second-degree attempted murder. She is currently being held in the Sarasota County Jail.
A person at Williams’ home declined to speak to a Herald-Tribune reporter.
The victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening wounds.
This case is active and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Adam Morningstar at 941-263-6838 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com
This story is developing.