Accused Fort Myers drive-by killer picked out of photo lineup


FORT MYERS, Fla. – The suspect in a drive-by shooting that killed a 63-year-old grandmother of 19 was picked out of a photo lineup by a witness who saw the shots being fired, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.

A witness standing outside the Dora Street home where Gloria Sparrow was inside playing a board game early Saturday morning saw a dark colored vehicle pull up in front of the residence prior to shots being fired.

“(The witness) immediately identified the driver as Cedric Brown,” the report said.

Sparrow, who was shot in the head, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The witness then picked Sheddrick Jubree Brown Jr. out of a “black and white photographic line-up consisting of six black males similar in age and appearance.”

With the help of the U.S. Marshals’ fugitive regional task force, Brown was arrested hours after the shooting during a traffic stop inside the parking lot of the Winn-Dixie Supermarket on Colonial Boulevard, the report said.

Brown faces second-degree murder and other charges in connection with the shooting. He remained in the Lee County jail under no bond.

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