Man charged with attempted murder in connection with string of recent Sarasota shootings

SARASOTA, Fla. — Sarasota Police have arrested a man in connection to a string of recent shootings in the area.

Joshua J. Bane, 32, will be charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection to two of four shootings that happened in north Sarasota between May 8 and May 13.

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The age of the four shooting victims ranged from 30 to 60 years old, and all of them are expected to survive.

These are the shootings in question:

May 8, 2018 - Officers responded to the 1800 block of 23rd Street, at approximately 10:15 p.m. reference a subject who was shot while sitting in a vehicle.  The injuries to the victim were non-life threatening and the victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

May 11, 2018 - Officers responded to the area of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Way and Pershing Avenue at approximately 1:40 a.m. reference a subject who was shot while standing in the area.  The injuries to the victim were non-life threatening.  The victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

May 11, 2018 - Officers responded to the 1500 block of 20th Street, at approximately 8 a.m., reference a subject who was shot while standing in the area.  The injuries to the victim were non-life threatening. The victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

May 13, 2018 - Officers responded to the area of Palmadelia Avenue and Dr. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Way reference a subject who was shot.  The injuries to the victim were life threatening.  The victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

On Monday, police uncovered information which led them to identify a possible suspect. On Wednesday at about 9 a.m., they arrested Bane, where a firearm and ammo were recovered from the location.

They are being tested now to determine if the weapon and ammunition were used in the shooting.

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino did not disclose which of the two shootings Bane was connected to and whether the other two are connected. 

Chief DiPino said the victims in the 4 shootings were targeted.

"Based on what we know, it doesn't look like these were random shootings," Chief DiPino said.

Bane is a six time convicted felon with 50 prior felony and misdemeanor charges, according to the police department.

Since 2005, he has been charged with, Aggravated assault with a deadly battery, carrying a concealed firearm, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, High speed fleeing to elude, and Possession of a controlled substance.

Jetson Grimes, the owner of Jetson's Creative Trends, Inc, said he was relieved when he heard someone was arrested.

"We haven't had any problems in the last year, you know, but it looked like it all happened in one week," Grimes said.

The Sarasota Police Department is hosting a Stop the Gun Violence meeting in response to the shootings. It will be Thurs. May 24 at 6:30 p.m.

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