City leaders talk about security after ZombiCon shooting
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Police are hoping surveillance footage along with the dozens of pictures and videos posted on social media will help detectives track down the ZombiCon gunman.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers says they’ve received more than 50 tips so far related to the shooting. Police have not announced any arrests or named any suspects.
Six people were shot, including 20-year-old Expavious Tyrell Taylor, of Okeechobee, who was killed.
The big question now is– was this a targeted shooting or was the gunman just firing at people randomly?
Fort Myers Police Chief Dennis Eads admits he doesn’t know right now, but he says he is confident officers will catch the gunman.
Monday night, city leaders addressed the crisis and how to make events like ZombiCon safer in the future.
“I believe we had a random act happen on Saturday night,” said councilman Mike Flanders.
Flanders already has an idea to limit the hours alcohol is served on the streets for large events for better crowd control.
“I would like for them to be in the establishments, more supervision, more direct control over checking their IDs and so forth,” said Flanders.
New surveillance video from Los Cabos restaurant shows hundreds of people rushing for cover after the shooter opened fire. Seconds later, Taylor’s body is seen laying on the ground.
“Probably within 15 seconds there was a bike officer standing next to the body,” said Chief Eads.
Eads says 30 officers worked the event and the department continues to get numerous tips on what happened that night and who the shooter is.
“I believe that we will find ways to be safer,” said Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson.
Henderson says it is safe to be downtown, but the city is exploring the idea of installing surveillance cameras in the area.
“We are seeing great results, not only in Fort Myers, but around the country, with the use of cameras installed in public places,” said Henderson.
FMPD is asking that anyone who attended the event and may have captured vital investigative information on their smart phone to call the police department at 239-321-7700. All tips can also be sent to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous. All updates will be issued via email.