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Drive-by shooting in Fort Myers sends 1 to hospital

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A woman was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital after a drive-by shooting in Fort Myers on Tuesday.

The shooting happened near the Jones Walker apartments on Blount Street. Fort Myers police said the victim was in stable condition.

The shooting took place at around 11:30 a.m. and caused a lockdown at nearby Royal Palm Exceptional School.

Neighbors said they heard around six to seven shots.

Jones Walker apartments have seen their share of violent crime in the past but have since undergone a makeover.

“The one thing I can say it’s been improving,” said Girald Jackson, who lives there. “Over in this area, especially, it’s really been improving.”

When Jackson heard the gunfire it was shocking, he said.

“We were like wow,” Jackson said. “We haven’t had that in a while.”

“We’re praying for her family though,” he added.

Police confirmed a traffic stop on Business 41 near Bayshore Boulevard in North Fort Myers is connected to the shooting. Fort Myers police officers were seen there with guns drawn on a man as he got out of an SUV.

Suspect Jarrett Lane Nowling, 18, was arrested in connection to the shooting at Jones Walker Apartments.

The suspect vehicle from the related traffic stop is also in custody.