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Sheriff announces arrest in Memorial Day shooting

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Jun 3, 2021

Police tape covered the scene on Fort Myers Beach where a large fight broke out and three shots were reported fired on late afternoon Monday. Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno announced an arrest of the alleged gunman in the Memorial Day shooting during a chaotic scene following a large fight on Fort Myers Beach. Nobody was hit by the shots fired.

Jatavion Kaijal Adams Craig, 18, was arrested Thursday morning in Alabama and is being preliminarily charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm in public. Craig could face more charges, Marceno said at a press conference held Thursday afternoon.

“If we can bring other charges against him, believe me, we will,” Marceno said. Marceno repeatedly described Craig as a “thug.”

Marceno said Craig has family ties in Lee County, but doesn’t live here. He was arrested in Alabama. Marceno said Lee County Sheriff’s Office detectives were in Alabama after he was arrested by the local police department there.

“This violence and reckless disregard for human life will not be tolerated in our county. Citizens who choose to enjoy a day at the beach will not be disturbed and terrified with chaos,” Marceno said. Marceno said Craig was considered to be a “serious danger to our community.”

More than a dozen Lee County Sheriff's Office vehicles lined up Estero Boulevard and nearby parking lots after three shots were fired on Fort Myers Beach after a wild brawl on the sand in the area near Wicked Wings. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

The incident took place on the beach sand behind the Avenue C parking lot and near Wicked Wings around 5 p.m. during a large brawl.

“I promise you I will devote any and all resources needed to bring violent thugs like this to justice. Our community and our beaches will be safe,” Marceno said at the press conference.

There was a verbal altercation on the beach which led to the shots fired but the incident is still under investigation, Marceno said.

“He will get every charge possible,” Marceno said.

SFWL Crime Stoppers are looking for assistance in identifying this person for questioning in connection with the Memorial Day violence on Fort Myers Beach.