|Published:||May 09, 2013 6:00 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 09, 2013 5:52 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Fort Myers Police Department is searching for the suspects who fired shots at officers and a crowd around 2:00 a.m., when a fight broke out as people were exiting Pulse night club on Hendry Street.
Police arrested 25-year-old Henry Jenkins Jr., who was allegedly involved in the fight, on a breach of peace charge.
As five police officers tried to break up the fight that was dispersing toward Second St., suspects in a grey vehicle allegedly fired a gun at the crowd of about 20 to 30 onlookers and the officers on the scene. No one was injured.
A police chase ensued east on State Road 82 and ended on Indian Street, where the suspects then fled on foot. Police set up a perimeter using K9, but did not locate the suspects. Police seized the 2005 gray Pontiac and the evidence left behind by the suspects. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.
At the same time, officers noticed Jenkins, in particular, was screaming and acting aggressively toward members in the crowd. They asked him to calm down and leave the premises, but he refused to comply. Members of the crowd pushed Jenkins back toward Hendry St., in an effort to keep him from starting another fight. According to his arrest report, Jenkins then tore his shirt in an aggressive manner. He was asked a second time to calm down, but refused and fled officers when they attempted to arrest him. Police deployed a taser to gain compliance. Jenkins fell to the ground and was then taken into custody.
This incident has caused concern for local business owners. Jason Kohn, owner of The Deli and Downtown Pizzeria said he is definitely concerned about the safety of his workers and customers' perceptions of the safety of downtown.
Anyone with information about the shooting 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.