Man shot, killed in car in Fort Myers identified

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Police are investigating a shooting in Fort Myers after finding a man dead of a gunshot wound in his car Tuesday morning. (Credit: WINK News)

Police are investigating a shooting in Fort Myers after finding a man dead of a gunshot wound in his car Tuesday morning.

Police identified the victim in the shooting as 21-year-old Montrell O’Neal, of Fort Myers.

The shooting happened just after 12:34 a.m. on Tuesday.

Fort Myers police said they were alerted to the shooting after receiving a shot spotter alert near the intersection of Royal Palm Avenue and Franklin Street.

No one has been arrested for the death of O’Neal.

Police are asking the public to help solve the shooting by providing information that may lead to an arrest.

“Good thing my grandbaby weren’t here because we had a shooting in this parking lot like a year or so ago, and it traumatized her,” said Lisa, a mom who lives nearby but was asleep as the bullets fired.

Tuesday’s shooting shook more families, wrapped their neighborhood in police tape and painted their homes with police lights.

“Something can be done but people is not really gonna talk because they don’t want nothing to happen to them or their families,” Lisa said.

Lisa said her daughter grew up with O’Neal.

O’Neal is listed as the brother of Demetrius O’Neal, a suspect in the 2016 Club Blu shooting arrested in December, according to the arrest affidavit for Demetrius O’Neal, who is described as a “1Way” gang member.

Demetrius O’Neal was arrested along with Kierra Russ, Derrick Church, Tajze Battle and Dontril Loggins by Fort Myers police for the Club Blu shooting that killed Stef’An Strawder, a Lehigh Acres basketball star, and 14-year-old Sean Archilles, a basketball player in his own right and member of the Crossover Youth Center at CityGate Ministries.

The Club Blu documents also describes Montrell O’Neal as a member of the “1Way” gang.

Fort Myers police did not respond to questions about Montrell’s connection to the “1Way” gang.

For Lisa, her neighborhood feels unsafe.

She has kids and she knows someone’s child was killed just down the street.

“My sympathy goes out to the family, you know, it’s a terrible thing to lose a child,” Lisa said. “It’s a terrible thing to wake up and find out your child done got killed out here in the streets. It’s real sad.”

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