Deputies: Shot fired during altercation on Fort Myers Beach

Reporter: Andryanna Sheppard Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Lee County deputies say this altercation led up to shots being fired on Memorial Day on Fort Myers Beach. (Submitted photo)

A heavy law enforcement presence closed down a portion of Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach near Avenue C as Lee County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a shooting.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said there was an altercation between several people on the beach and a shot was fired.

“At one point, they moved over probably like 20 yards away from us and the next thing I heard was just two gunshots pop off and we had no questions. We just ran in the opposite direction,” said one witness.

The shooting happened around 5 p.m. as many families were visiting Fort Myers Beach for Memorial Day.

Deputies are saying a fight broke out on the beach. Then, you see a man pointing a gun toward the brawling crowd. Moments later, gunshots rang out.

WINK News cannot confirm that the individual with the gun is the one who fired the shot or if it was another person in the crowd.

A witness says he heard gunshots but that much of the commotion simmered down soon afterward.

“As soon as it happened it died off. Literally, everybody after it happened, they looked around and heard it and then was just like OK, and went back to playing music and drinking and partying,” that same witness said.

Investigators have not released information about any suspects.

There were no injuries and it remains under investigation, according to LCSO.

Crime scene investigators were on the beach waving metal detectors over the sand but we do not know if they found anything.

Credit: SWFL Crime Stoppers

LCSO and Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers attempting to locate the man pictured to the left. If anyone has any information related to the incident or can identify the subject, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

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