FORT MYERS, Fla. - On Friday, December 23, 2011 at 8:54 p.m. Fort Myers Police Department responded to a call of shots being fired at 4125 Cleveland Avenue (Edison Mall entrance "D"). When officers arrived on scene they located a black male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was positively identified as Thomas Arthur Goodman (d.o.b. 01-04-1986). Officers on scene performed CPR on the victim until Lee County EMS arrived, Goodman was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officers, Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians with assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit worked the crime scene for several hours. Police have canvassed the area and Interviewed several witnesses. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call FMPD at 321-7700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
The Fort Myers Police say a man has been shot and killed outside the Edison Mall. The shots were fired sometime around 9:00 PM, triggering a chaotic scene during a busy shopping night. Police believe 40 to 50 shots were fired from a high powered assault rifle. Officers tell WINK News, the gunman is still on the loose after leaving in a grey 4-door vehicle. We also know bullets hit cars; at least one vehicle's windshield was hit by two bullets. The mall, packed with holiday shoppers, went into a short but scary lockdown. Several witnesses said they saw people screaming, running and ducking down.
"I was shopping inside Guess and all of a sudden you see everybody running around screaming gun. Then all the gates started to shut and you got stuck in the store and saw everybody running around with their guns," said Angel Montoney, a shopper inside at the time of the shooting.
The lockdown has since been lifted.
Crime scene investigators are out near the parking lot at entrance D, between the Macys and JCPenny, canvassing the area for clues. That's triggering another headache for shoppers who parked there because they are not being allowed to return to their cars.
Officers tell us there's surveillance video that should help them in their search for the gunman.
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