Deputies on the lookout after shooting in Lehigh Acres

Published: Updated:

UPDATE: A Lehigh Acres man is in jail tonight after detectives find drugs at the scene of the crime.

When deputies arrived to investigate a shooting at 732 Gaylord Ave South they found one victim shot in the stomach. He was immediately transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

Due to the nature of the incident, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit assumed the investigation.

During the course of the investigation, detectives met with the resident identified as Saul Ramirez. Ramirez told detectives that two men came to the home armed with guns and fired at them. Detectives gained consent from Ramirez to process the scene attempting to locate projectiles inside a bedroom.

While processing the scene, detectives located a cooler full of marijuana packaged for sale. The cooler contained eleven individually packaged bags of marijuana. Several other items were also recovered consistent with the packaging and sale of marijuana including baggies, scales and a vacuum sealer. The total weight of the marijuana was approximately twelve pounds.

30-year-old Saul Ramirez was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell.

The Major Crimes Unit continues it investigation into the shooting.


LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – A man’s in the hospital after getting shot while doing yard-work at his Lehigh Acres home, and the shooter’s still on the loose.

It happened just before noon Monday on Gaylord Avenue, three blocks from Homestead Road.

“Crazy world, it’s a crazy world that’s out here,” said Emery Johnson, a neighbor to the victim. Deputies say the homeowners were doing yard work when they noticed a suspicious vehicle.

“The vehicle… circled the block a couple of times, so they decided at that point to they probably should arm themselves,” said Lt. Jeff Dektas with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

When the car came back around, the suspects got out and gunfire erupted between the suspects and the homeowner.  A homeowner in his 60s was shot in the abdomen and arm. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries.

“That’s scary,” said Peggy Johnson, “because it could have been mine.”

Johnson and her husband Emery moved to Lehigh Acres from Pennsylvania four years ago. They never thought their home would be a stone throw away from a crime scene like this one.

“I don’t understand how people can think the way they do. I don’t understand it,” said Johnson.

Copyright ©2024 Fort Myers Broadcasting. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without prior written consent.