Investigation after late night shots fired in Downtown Fort Myers
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Ft. Myers Police are investigating after the passenger of a car fired shots early this morning into a crowd in downtown Fort Myers.
Police Chief Doug Baker is grateful that no one was hurt early Thursday morning when a gunman in the passenger side of a car opened fire on a group of people and police in a parking lot on Second Street.
"Police work is dangerous - everyone knows that," Baker said. "We've lost a handful of officers. We lost Officer Widman just hundreds of feet where the shooting was at where the fight was at."
Police were initially called to a street fight in front of Pulse Nightclub and Lounge just up the street. But the crowd ended up in the parking lot by the time the shots were fired. After gunshots rang out, whomever was in the car took police on a short chase that ended when they ditched the car and ran off.
"We do have the car," Baker said. "There was evidence out of the car - and we're hoping to be able to close the gap on identifying the people in the car."
Baker says despite the seriousness of the crime, downtown is quiet and safe. But he also places some of the blame on the nightclub's owners.
"The bar owners have some responsibility here to be a good neighbor and a good business," he said. "1527 Hendry St. has been a problem for a number of years. A number of people have owned a bar here and they have run certain events there that are related to violence."
One man was arrested for disturbing the peace. Police say he was acting aggressively in that crowd of people and trying to start fights when the shooting took place. He has since gotten out of jail.
Colleen Hogan, reporter