| Fort Myers News-Press
As onlookers gathered in small groups Tuesday morning, Lee County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigated a homicide at the Pine Manor neighborhood in Fort Myers.
“This is so sad,” one woman told another, toddlers and babies playing at their feet as they watched the deputies work along 10th Avenue near Maple Street.
With crime scene tape blocking about a third of the two-block road, 10 or patrol cars and crime scene investigation vehicles filled the road. A door from a van blocked the view of a body, covered in a white sheet and lying in the middle of the road.
Public Information Officer Kaitlin Pierson said the office received a call at 9:45 a.m. in reference to a shooting.
The sheriff’s Major and Violent crimes units took over the investigation.
As children played in the dirt, investigators attempted to figure out who lived in the neighborhood of small, single-family homes and approached the groups of people.
Pierson didn’t provide additional information.
The death marks the first Lee County homicide of 2021.
Pine Manor is often decried as a high-crime area, which in 2020 included car-jackings, and assaults. In previous years, other murders and firearms raids netted arrests.
Nestled between U.S. 41, Brantley Drive, Summerlin Road and Maple Drive, the Pine Manor neighborhood is a low-income residential area with about 3,500 people. Nearly three-quarters of the children there live in poverty, according to Neighborhoodcount.com.
Officials ask anyone with information to call the sheriff’s office or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.