FORT MYERS, Fla.- On Friday, at 11:15 a.m. the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a shots fired call near the intersection of Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard and Colonial Boulevard. Upon arrival police learned that two vehicles, a white Nissan Murano and a black Ford Taurus, were traveling southbound on Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard. Both vehicles were stopped in traffic near the intersection at Colonial Boulevard when the suspects got out of the Nissan and began shooting at the occupants inside the Taurus.
The suspects fled the scene driving eastbound on Colonial Boulevard. The victims fled the scene driving westbound on Colonial. However, both the driver and the passenger of the Taurus were injured in the shooting. The victims’ car crossed the median on Colonial and crashed in a ditch on the opposite side of the road. Deshon Jenkins (d.o.b. 12-9-88 of Fort Myers) died from his injuries. Victor Jenkins (d.o.b. 6-26-87 of Fort Myers) was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.
A Good Samaritan followed the suspects’ vehicle to the Bernwood Trace Apartments located at 9804 Bernwood Place Drive where the suspects dumped the car and fled on foot. Police set up a perimeter and searched for the suspects door to door but did not locate them. Police are currently interviewing witnesses and following leads in the case. Crime scene investigators are processing both vehicles.
Chief Doug Baker says the public should be concerned about the violence. “The victims were targeted. It was a retaliatory type shooting stemming from a previous confrontation. We are lucky no one else was hurt. We are doing everything we can on an enforcement level to stop violent crime and we need family and friends of those involved to come forward and work with police.”
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.