LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - Lee County deputies have made an arrest in the shooting of a 16-year-old girl as she got off a school bus in Lehigh Acres. Michael Turner, 18, was arrested for aggravated battery, marijuana-possession with intent to sell, drug-possession-controlled substance with out prescription, and drug equipment-possession just after 2:00 a.m. Friday.
Detectives believe this is an isolated incident and not a random targeting of children at their bus stops. Detectives are investigating further for more background and motive in this incident.
The shooting happened Thursday around 2:00 p.m. in the area of 7th and 8th Streets West in Lehigh Acres. Neighbor John Gazda heard the chaotic scene. "I heard pop pop pop, real loud," Gazda said. "I knew somebody got shot. There's no two ways about it. I was in the military. I know gunfire from fire crackers."
Gazda said he checked outside his front door and didn't see anything at first. "I walked out the back and saw somebody racing down the street, looked like a bicycle, real fast, bright shirt."
The Lee County Sheriff's Office says 16-year-old Vyanka Rodriguez, an East Lee County highschooler, was shot in the leg as she walked home from the bus stop. According to a sheriff's office report, Rodriguez will reqiure extensive surgeries on her leg and an extended stay in the hospital.
Gazda, who lives next-door to the scene says it's not the first time there's been trouble involving kids in the neighborhood. He's just disheartened that it came to this.
"It's sad times," Gazda said. "I don't know what's happened in this country. It's not like we're gangsters. People are just going out there shooting people for no apparent reason."
Friday afternoon, Turner remained in the Lee County Jail, but does have the option of bonding out.