Shots fired on Fort Myers Beach
No injuries reported in Memorial Day shooting
There were three shots reported fired on Fort Myers Beach after a wild brawl broke out on Memorial Day around 5 p.m. on the sand in an area near the Avenue C beach access which is behind a parking lot located in an area between Hooters and Wicked Wings.
There were no reports of anybody getting struck by the gunshots.
Multiple witnesses reported identical accounts of a large brawl involving more than a dozen people. The fight, which was reported to have lasted about five minutes, ended after three shots were fired.
The gunman was described as a black teenager, who was tall and thin, and seen running from the area towards Hooters, witnesses said. Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers posted a photo on Facebook and Twitter of a man being sought for questioning in the incident. Anyone with any information related to this case or if anyone can identify the subject, are asked to call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online at southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com.
Witnesses reported a chaotic scene of families fleeing the beach after the shots were fired. One woman, visiting for the day from Arcadia with her family, said she took her three children and ran from the beach after the shots were fired.
Some witnesses stated that fighting continued in nearby parking lots and streets after the shooting. Dozens of people deserted the beach.
Several witnesses said the fight began between two young women and escalated to other individuals joining in the fracas before shots were fired. “They were piling on each other,” a witness said.
Another group of witnesses said “everybody started running” after the shots broke out.
More than a dozen Lee County Sheriff’s Office vehicles were on the scene in the aftermath. Lee County Sheriff’s Office boats also reported near the shoreline.
This was the second time this month that there were reports of shots fired on Fort Myers Beach. A previous incident was reported three weeks earlier in the parking lot of Lynn Hall Memorial Park. Nobody was reported injured in that incident either.
Fort Myers Beach Observer Editor Nathan Mayberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 239-765-0400.