GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla.- Deputies have one man in custody and are searching for three other people believed to be linked to a suspicious incident in which shots were fired in a Golden Gate Estates neighborhood Monday morning.
No one was injured in the incident, which occurred around 7:25 a.m. on 22nd Street Southeast.
Deputies gave this account:
The homeowner was leaving his residence to take his children to school when he spotted a man wearing a mask and carrying a gun in a vacant lot on the south side of the residence.
The homeowner went inside his residence and got a gun. He came back out and fired shots toward the masked man. The man then got into the passenger side of a waiting silver Mitsubishi passenger vehicle. Three other people were also inside the vehicle.
Deputies stopped the vehicle about seven miles away on Miller Boulevard and apprehended the driver, the sole occupant. Deputies believe the three other occupants had been let out earlier.
Antonio Niles Rodriguez Escojido, 20, 4414 24th Place S.W., Golden Gate, is facing charges of fleeing and eluding and loitering and prowling.
Deputies, assisted by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office K-9, SWAT, aviation and agriculture units, were searching for two men and a female believed to be connected to the incident.
An investigation continues.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.780.8477.