Arrest made in Naples Park early morning shooting

Reporter: Sydney Persing Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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The scene of a deadly shooting in the 700 block of 99th Avenue in Collier County. Credit: WINK News

Investigators are at the scene of a deadly shooting in Collier County early Tuesday morning. A suspect was arrested in connection with this shooting on Tuesday afternoon.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a death investigation is underway at the 700 block of 99th Avenue in Naples Park after it received a call about a shooting around 1:15 a.m. The CCSO’s public information officer says it is an isolated incident and investigators are confident there is no danger to the public.

Austin James Steinbach was arrested and could face second-degree murder, shooting a deadly missile and aggravated battery with deadly weapon charges. Deputies say Steinbach and others went to the victim’s home with intention of shooting at it.

Austin James Steinbach
Austin James Steinbach Credit: Collier County Sheriff’s Office

One person has died and three people were injured as a result of the shooting in Naples Park.

There had been ongoing issues between Steinbach, other individuals and the deceased man, according to Collier County deputies.

The scene was hard for neighbors to see but it was easy for them to hear. Brock Slater lives in the neighborhood. “I heard bang bang bang bang bang,” Slater said.

Rodney lives nearby as well. “I don’t know what happened. All I know is I heard [a] bunch of pops,” he said.

Witnesses told deputies that they saw a truck circling the victim’s street. Eventually, the truck parked in the driveway. Individuals from inside the truck and the truck bed began firing shots into the home.

As the sun came up, investigators were able to reveal that there was an active death investigation. Residents who were going for a walk or a bike ride saw deputies focusing on one home. They were searching the front lawn with metal detectors. Investigators also took pictures of the garage door.

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