Teen killed in Sanford shooting, police say

The Sanford Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that claimed the life of a teenager on Tuesday evening.

At around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, a teenage boy arrived at HCA Florida Lake Monroe Hospital. He had sustained an apparent gunshot wound to his abdomen, according to Sanford police.

Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the teen victim died from his injuries. He was later identified as 17-year-old Sadarion Cosby.

During an ensuing investigation, SPD learned that the shooting took place near the intersection of Ellen Place and Scott Drive. According to the police department, Sadarion and three unidentified individuals had approached a parked car with unknown occupants when shots were fired.

Moments later, the vehicle and unidentified individuals fled from the scene. SPD stated that one of those individuals briefly helped bring Sadarion to a nearby home before fleeing as well.

In a media release, Sanford police shared the following photo of a dark in color Kia K-5 sedan that is considered a “vehicle of interest” in this homicide case:

Teen shot and killed in Sanford on April 9, 2024 photo of vehicle involved
Sanford police are looking for the owner of this vehicle in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred on April 9, 2024.

No further details were released by law enforcement.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this shooting incident, the owner and/or location of the Kia K-5 sedan, or the identity of the individuals involved to please contact the Sanford Police Department at 407-688-5070.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact the Central Florida Crimeline by calling 1-800-423-TIPS(8477) or clicking here to submit an online tip. If you use Crimeline and your tip leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000.

On Wednesday morning, Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith released the following statement regarding the fatal shooting:

“A 17-year-old lost his life. His ‘friends’, and I use that term loosely, ran rather than staying and helping him. They didn’t help him get the emergency medical attention he needed, nor stay to assist law enforcement identify and locate the person(s) who took his life. Unacceptable.”

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