|Published:||Feb 23, 2013 10:37 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 25, 2013 1:22 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, the Fort Myers Police Department say a 25-year old man fired at police while they were patrolling the parking lot near Sphinx Hookah Lounge and the Harley Davidson store off Colonial Boulevard.
Malek Khalil, owner of Sphinx Hookah Lounge, says he's in the relaxation business.
"People just showed up in our parking lot and start parking their cars, drinking and and we don't want this in our community," said Khalil.
Early Saturday morning a large crowd gathered in the parking lot near his lounge.
"I guess the wrong crowd showed up so from now on i guess we gonna be closing at 2 o' clock," he said.
Police were patrolling the area and monitoring the people when officers say several shots were fired in their direction. According to FMPD, they heard gun shots hit the building, just feet away from where they were standing.
"Thank god no one was hurt," said Khalil.
Witnesses identified the shooter and 25-year old Tony James was taken into custody.
Matthew Dugger of Fort Myers says it's easy to fall into the wrong crowd.
"From there you just fall downhill. It's just really easy to fall out here," said Dugger.
But says he won't live in fear. "I go where I please and I do what I want. I'm not really scared of any body or anything. Whatever happens happens," he said.
"FMPD handled the situation right but there are a lot of crazy people out there," said Khalil.
James was arrested for aggrevated assault on a law enforcement officer.
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