16-year-old bystander victim in Sunday night deadly shooting

Reporter: Marcello Cuadra Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Fort Myers police investigating shooting near Franklin Street. (Credit: WINK News)

Fort Myers police say a teen is dead after a shooting on Sunday night.

Officers say a 16-year-old Fort Myers High School student was killed, calling him an innocent bystander.

The shooting happened on the 3000 block of Franklin Street around 8:30 p.m. Police are also calling the shooting an isolated incident.

During a news conference, FMPD said the situation started after a fight broke out between a large group of people.

FMPD has not released the victim’s name and has struggled to contact a next-of-kin. Police say that although Fort Myers High School has his personal information, they have not been able to reach anyone.

Captain Victor Medico of Fort Myers Police said, “Our condolences go out to the family and friends of our victim who was senselessly and tragically murdered last night. This incident stemmed from a physical altercation between a large group of people. He died by gunfire as an innocent bystander in this incident.”

School District of Lee County spokesman Rob Spicker said in a statement, “We are saddened by the loss of one of our students and have grief counselors on campus for students or staff seeking support.”

This also marks the first homicide in the city of Fort Myers in 2022.

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