Florida teen dies after friends flee shooting without helping him: police

A Florida police chief blasted the 'friends' of a teenager who died from a gunshot wound after saying they fled the scene of the shooting without offering help to the victim or to law enforcement.

Sadarion Cosby, 17, died Tuesday evening at HCA Florida Lake Monroe Hospital after being shot in the abdomen during an altercation in the town of Sanford, a suburb of Orlando.

Cosby was hit after gunshots rang out when he and three unidentified people approached a car parked near the intersection of Ellen Place and Scott Drive Tuesday around 8 p.m., according to Sanford police . It is unclear who was inside the vehicle.

The vehicle and two of the three people who accompanied Cosby “immediately” fled the area after gunfire erupted, Sanford police said.

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Sadarion Cosby, 17, outdoors

Sadarion Cosby, 17, died Tuesday evening in a Florida hospital after being shot in the abdomen during an altercation outside a parked car in Sanford, Florida. (Jamelia Jarrells)

Police said one of the people who accompanied Cosby helped him get to a nearby house before fleeing. Cosby was then taken to the hospital, where he died shortly after arriving, by the occupants of the house.

On Wednesday, Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith called the incident that resulted in Cosby's death “unacceptable.”

“A seventeen-year-old lost his life. His 'friends,' and I use that term loosely, ran rather than stay and help,” Smith said in a press release. “They failed to help him get the emergency medical care he needed, or stay to help law enforcement identify and locate the person(s) who took his life. Unacceptable. “


Sanford police said Wednesday that the vehicle approached by Cosby and his friends the night before appeared to be a dark-colored Kia K-5 sedan — possibly black or blue.

Authorities are working to locate that car and anyone who was inside when Cosby was shot.

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Sanford police said the vehicle involved in Cosby's death was a dark-colored Kia K-5 sedan. (Sanford Police Department)

Sanford police are also looking for the three people who accompanied Cosby. When speaking to local media on Wednesday, police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett was hesitant to describe them as friends because of how the situation unfolded.

“They chose to run and worry about themselves instead of helping him and getting immediate medical attention and then sticking around and helping us with the investigation,” Gillett said. “…that people who were clearly close to him didn't care enough to help us find the person who took their own life last night. It's challenging and it's heartbreaking at the same time.”

Sadarion Cosby, 17, in a house

Sanford police sharply criticized the three people Cosby was with when he was shot after learning they fled the scene instead of ensuring he received medical treatment. (Jamelia Jarrells)


Although many details about what happened Tuesday night are not available, Gillett said investigators are working on surveillance footage submitted by people who were in the area.

Anyone with information about the shooting, the car or the people involved can call the Sanford Police Department or Crimeline at 800-423-8477. Tips can be submitted to Crimeline anonymously and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000 if the information solves the case.


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