While people flocked to the beaches Monday to celebrate Memorial Day, gunfire sent Fort Myers Beach beachgoers fleeing as it erupted on the sand that evening.
At 4:48 p.m., Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a shooting behind Wicked Wings Beach Bar and Grill at 61 Avenue C, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Deputies arrived where they located one victim who was with his family and stated a group of people had been punching and in an altercation. He tried to protect another victim, but an unknown man pointed a gun at him and fired multiple times.
The victims were not struck by any of the rounds, the report states.
The second victim told deputies a group of people were arguing with his sister and, when he tried to intervene, a male he didn’t know struck him in the face.
His uncle said the man shot a black-and-silver handgun before fleeing, the report states.
Numerous deputies responded to assist with crime scene maintenance and crowd control. The crime scene unit also responded.
Later, deputies spoke with a couple who said they heard an argument building for about two hours before the gunshots.
The sheriff’s office is attempting to locate and identify the man who fired the gun. Anyone with information is asked to contact SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS(8477), according to a SWFL Crime Stoppers Facebook post.