Fort Myers man arrested in Naples shooting

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NAPLES, Fla. – The suspect in the City of Naples’ first shooting in five years has been identified and arrested, Naples police said on Tuesday.

The shooting happened near downtown Naples at the intersection of Fifth Avenue North and Goodlette-Frank Road around 10:30 a.m., according to police.

The accused shooter, Lernis Cornish Jr., 42 of Fort Myers, was arrested shortly after the incident because the police department is right around the corner, officers said. He told police he drove away after shooting 47-year-old Brian Charles Battaglia.

The two men were arguing when Cornish shot Battaglia in the torso, Naples police said. Battaglia was flown by helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital where he is expected to survive, officials said.

Naples police said this is the first shooting in the city in more than five years. Neighbors said it has them on edge and upset especially because the people involved in the shooting are not from the area.

The incident was isolated and the neighborhood is safe, police said.

No further information was immediately available.

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