Shooting reported near Booker High in Sarasota on evening of Friday, Oct. 13, with second shooting hours later on Fourth Street

No injuries noted in either incident

The red balloon marks the 1400 block of 32nd Street in Sarasota. Image from Google Maps

The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a shooting that was reported about 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, in the 1400 block of 32nd Street, the agency has announced.

The incident occurred just west of Booker High School, the alert noted.

“There is NO THREAT or active shooter at Booker HS,” the alert stressed. Moreover, the alert said, no injuries or property damage was reported, and the public was in no danger.

The Sarasota County School District tweeted that evening that it was calling an early end to the football game that night at Booker High, “[o]ut of an abundance of caution.”

The tweet added, “Everyone attending was safe.”

One person who commented on the announcement on the Police Department’s Facebook page wrote, “It was crazy at Booker. Football game tonight, everyone ran. Husband and I were on top of the press box.”

The school is located just south of Myrtle Street and north of 32nd street, east of North Lemon Avenue. The 1400 block of 32nd Street is west of North Lemon Avenue, between Central Avenue and Cocoanut Avenue.

Then, at 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 14, the agency posted on its Facebook page that officers “also responded to a shooting shortly after midnight in the 2000 block of 4th Street. No injuries or property damage. A suspect has been arrested, but the shooting remains under investigation.”

That location is just north of the intersection of North Washington Boulevard and Fruitville Road, a map shows.

In response to a question from a person who had read that post, the agency explained that officers did not believe the two shootings were related.

No further information was available prior to the deadline for this issue of The Sarasota News Leader.