Arrest made in connection with two of four north Sarasota shootings

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SARASOTA- Sarasota Police make an arrest in connection to at least 2 of the 4 shootings in North Sarasota last week.

32-year-old Joshua Bane is being charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Sarasota Police Detectives uncovered information Monday that led them to identify Bane as a possible suspect in two of four shootings in North Sarasota.

“Our detectives were working 36 hours straight,” Chief DiPino said. “Doing investigations, following up leads, making sure that we apprehended this individual and I’m very glad that we were able to take him into custody without anyone being hurt.”

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino says they’re not releasing which of the two shootings he’s a suspect in because it is still unclear if the four shootings are connected.

“We don’t know if they are or are not at this time,” DiPino said. “We’re looking and investigating in these two cases to make a determination as to whether they are connected to the other two. So there’s a possibility.”

Bane has a long criminal record including 6 felony convictions, and 50 prior misdemeanor and felony charges.

Chief DiPino says Police are working to determine a motive for these shootings.

“We’re trying to actually determine what happened in these cases,” DiPino said. “We feel that the cases were targeted, specific, and weren’t random. But we are still working on what the exact motives are and the reasons behind it.”

Police are still asking for the public’s help in bringing forward any information they have on these shootings.

“Anything you witnessed, anything you heard,” DiPino said. “Anything that you maybe speculate or have knowledge about, this case or any of the case you have knowledge about in the four shootings, please come forward, our detectives really want to hear from you.”

Chief DiPino says she hopes this arrest brings some relief to the community.

“We want the individuals responsible to know that we are relentlessly pursuing every possible lead and piece of information to the fullest extent possible in these cases, if you commit crimes in the city of Sarasota we will find you.”

All four shooting victims are expected to survive.

The Sarasota Police Department is hosting a community ‘stop the gun violence’ meeting on May 24th at the Robert Taylor Complex to discuss initiatives to eliminate gun violence in the community from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

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