Early morning shooting on Nov. 23 leaves 31-year-old male victim with multiple wounds

Sheriff’s Office seeking information from the public

An early morning shooting on Wednesday, Nov. 23, left a 31-year-old man with multiple wounds, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has reported.

The victim was transported to the hospital for medical care, Community Affairs Director Kaitlyn R. Perez wrote in an email advisory that she issued just before noon the same day. However, she added, the victim’s prognosis was not favorable at that time.

Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted about 3 a.m. on Nov. 23 to a report of the shooting, which occurred in the 1100 block of Grantham Drive in Sarasota, Perez explained. They found the wounded man in a vehicle, she noted.

Grantham Drive runs parallel to North Shade Street, a map shows. It is west of North Tuttle Avenue and south of 47th Street.

A Sarasota News Leader search of the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s Office website found that the residences located in the 1100 block of Grantham Drive are within the Bradford Manor Townhomes subdivision; they are single-family, attached dwellings, the Property Appraiser’s Office website says.

A Lakeland company manages the homeowners association, Property Appraiser Bill Furst’s website notes.

The homes stand on the western border of the former Sarasota County property located at 2501 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

In July 2021, the County Commission authorized staff to negotiate with a firm called Gracewater Community Development of Sarasota in regard to construction of an affordable housing community on that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way site. Then, on March 29 of this year, the commissioners voted unanimously to sell the property to Gracewater Midtown LLC for $4.4 million, county records show.

A staff memo in the March 29 agenda packet said, “The County and Gracewater Community Development, LLC, have agreed that principals of Gracewater Community Development, LLC, may use a single purpose entity, Gracewater Midtown, LLC (Gracewater), to enter into this purchase and sale agreement with the County and carry out its terms and conditions.”

Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking that anyone with information related to the Nov. 23 incident contact the agency’s Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4900 or call Crime Stoppers of Sarasota at 941-366-TIPS, Perez added.

“Detectives believe this is an isolated incident with no immediate threat to the public,” she pointed out. Updates would be provided, she noted, as they became available.