|Published:||Oct 10, 2012 5:50 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 10, 2012 6:27 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Family members of one of Wednesday's shooting victims in Fort Myers say retaliation is a motive for the crime.
Shortly before 4:30 in morning, police responded to a reported car accident on Winkler Avenue Extension. Upon arriving on scene, officers discovered the vehicle's occupants, Quayshaun Lewis and his girlfriend Michelle Fletcher, were shot.
Lewis's aunt Lorrieann Thurmen says her nephew had just gotten out of jail, and thinks whoever committed the crime was seeking revenge for something that happened behind bars.
"Someone he got into it with -- their people were just waiting for him to get out. It's just a shame because not only is he fighting for his life, she's fighting for her life," Thurman says. "It's about the Harlem-Fort Myers rivalry that's just taking over."
As of Wednesday afternoon, the couple was at Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
According to police, there are no suspects or leads, and officers say aspects of the shooting pose some difficulties to the investigation.
"The time of day that it happened, the traffic conditions. It's not very populated," says Sgt. Sean Hoover, with Fort Myers Police.
Even the closest residents, like Wendy Kastner, say they were too far from the scene to see anything, but they're concerned about the crime all the same.
"It seems like it's getting closer, and we're becoming surrounded by all this violence and it's frightening," says Kastner, a resident at the nearby Brittany Apartments.
Thurmen is certain someone knows what happened, and wants them to speak up.
"Start voicing your opinion and start pointing these detectives in the right direction. We can clean up our city and take it back," Thurmen says.
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