LCSO investigates shots fired at Reef apartment complex; residents says at least 1 dead

Author: Asha Patel, Claire Galt, Haley Zarcone Writer: Nicholas Karsen
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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating possible gunshots fired at the Reef apartment complex in Estero that may have led to the death to one person, according to a resident.

The Reef is located off Estero Parkway and east of Three Oaks Parkway. The apartment-like complex provides alternative housing for Florida Gulf Coast University students who cannot live on campus.

The details of the possible shooting are currently being investigated, but some witnesses said that they saw blood, heard gunshots and saw a body covered in a tarp.

Police caution tape wrapped around the Reef apartment complex. Credit: WINK

“It was just almost like, it was like traumatizing,” said Alyssa Alberson, a resident at the Reef.

When Alberson first heard the shots, she didn’t think anything of it, but then she finally looked outside, and she said, she saw a man dead in the grass and 2 cars still running.

One was a bluish-grey Volkswagen sedan and a silver Hyundai sedan, she said.

The cars stayed running until a tow truck took them away.

“It was a member of our community, and they’re human beings, so you never want somebody to go through that, especially you see right here. It definitely makes you want to, like have your family and friends a lot closer for sure,” Alberson said.

LCSO interviewed several students about whether this was an active shooter attempt or an accidental firing. However, there is no clear motive provided at this given time.

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