Former felon found guilty in connection with 2020 Fort Myers nightclub shooting

The conviction of Jonathan Anthony Reid was in connection with the shooting of two…

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A Tampa-area man has been found guilty in a case connected to the shooting of two men at a Fort Myers nightclub in 2020.

Jonathan Anthony Reid, 31, of Gibsonton, and formerly of Fort Myers, was found guilty by a federal jury of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a previously convicted felon.

The conviction was in connection with the shooting of two men outside Babe’s, a Fort Myers nightclub, on Jan. 29, 2020. Under the Armed Career Criminal Act, Reid faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 14.

Reid was indicted on June 3. The U.S. Marshal’s Task Force arrested him in April 2020 in Hillsborough County.

According to evidence presented at trial, in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2020, Reid shot two men who were standing in front of the entrance of a nightclub on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers before fleeing in a silver sedan with a stolen license plate. 

The two victims received non-life-threatening injuries.

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Reid made efforts to conceal his identity during the shooting by wearing a hooded sweatshirt, gloves, and a ski mask, but he later crashed and abandoned his getaway car while fleeing. 

In his wrecked getaway car, law enforcement found a Glock .45-caliber handgun, nine rounds of .45-caliber ammunition, a camouflage ski mask, a hooded sweatshirt and blue latex gloves. 

DNA analysis later revealed that Reid’s DNA profile matched DNA extracted from the ski mask, the sweatshirt, a ripped latex glove and the firearm.  Three cellphones were also found in the car, all of which were later connected to Reid.  

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Participating in the investigation was the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Fort Myers Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. 

Connect with breaking news reporter Michael Braun: MichaelBraunNP (Facebook)@MichaelBraunNP (Twitter) or mbraun@news-press.com.


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