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2021 Sarasota County Fair Statement

Date: Mar 19 - Mar 28, 2021

City of Sarasota Statement

The Sarasota Police Department appreciates members of our community coming forward with information and video reference to Saturday night’s shooting at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. The Sarasota Police Department takes the safety and security of our community extremely seriously.

Our agency is continuing to partner with the Sarasota County Fair Board to keep the fair a safe environment for everyone. The fair remains open on their scheduled hours. We have extra Sarasota Police officers on patrol at the fairgrounds to continue to keep you and your families safe.

The Sarasota Police Department is increasing their uniformed and operational presence at the Sarasota County Fair and will coordinate and take a more proactive role in the execution of the security plans for the Sarasota County Fairfor duration of the event. The security plans have been developed with input from the private security company contracted by the Sarasota County Fair Board, as well as, Sarasota County Fair personnel with the goal of making the Sarasota County Fair safe and enjoyable for everyone.

The private security company contracted by the Sarasota County Fair Board will be searching bags and using wands on patrons prior to admittance to the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.

Saturday night’s shooting is believed to have happened after an altercation between two groups of people. The victim, an 18 year old man, was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and is in stable condition. The believed shooter is not in custody.

The Sarasota Police Department has no evidence that this was an active shooter situation and there is no direct threat to the public.

The investigation remains active and ongoing. Anyone with any information or video of the incident is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 941-263-6070.

Patrick Robinson
Deputy City Manager
City of Sarasota

Statement of incident

Statement on incident at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on Saturday:

Late Saturday night, an altercation between two individuals resulted in one person shot with non-life threatening injuries. The Sarasota Police Department quickly responded and professionally de-escalated the situation.

The Sarasota Police Department, the City of Sarasota, and the Sarasota County Fair are working together to provide a safe environment for fair attendees. Enhanced security protocols and staffing are being implemented to supplement existing levels.

We thank the Sarasota Police Department, TRVST Security, Sarasota County Fire Department, Sarasota Sheriff's Department, and ARC Security Solutions for their response and professionalism during this difficult event.

The Fair will open as scheduled.

Refunds cannot be issued due to the unfortunate incident.
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