Dunbar HS senior killed in Fort Myers shooting
FORT MYERS, Fla. – A teenager was killed Sunday afternoon following a shooting on Suntrust Drive.
Family has identified him as 18-year-old Lawrence Lockley, a senior at Dunbar High School who play basketball and football. Law enforcement officials later confirmed Lockley was killed after reports of gunshots at 3756 Suntrust Drive before 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Lockley was one of two teen victims shot, according to the Fort Myers Police Department. The other teenager was identified by police as Marcus Dupree Davis, Jr. The teenagers were sitting inside a car outside the home on Suntrust Drive when two or three males began shooting, police said. Officers performed CPR on scene, trying to save Lockley before paramedics arrived, while Davis drove himself to the hospital, according to FMPD.
Police believe that Lockley and Davis were targeted, but say they do not have a motive and are unsure who pulled the trigger. The street is a dead end one-way, so police believe the gunmen may have been seen on their way out. Lt. Jay Rodriguez said with all the work that goes into homicide investigations, not getting any answers can be taxing.
“It’s the same frustration as every single one of those I respond to, you see us out here you see myself you see our officers out here and what you don’t see is what goes on behind the scenes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week we are working on these cases and it’s extremely frustrating not being able to provide these families closure on these cases,” he said. “Nobody should go through this, no neighborhood should go through this, no city should go through this. What can I say other than its pretty frustrating for somebody in my position?”
Crowds gathered and cars lined the street, which is located off Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard near Lockley’s high school. Police cars were seen parked outside one particular home.
One of Lockley’s close friends, Keyara Walker, said she was the last person to speak to him minutes before he was shot and killed.
“I asked him was he still out here and he said ‘Yes’ so I was like ‘OK, I’m about to come,'” Walker said, beginning to cry. “And then I got a call back from his phone saying that he got shot. And I was like ‘No, he didn’t die. I just got off the phone with him. I just got off the phone with him. I was the last person he talked to.'”
Walker said the deadly actions of a few gunmen robbed her friend of his chance at graduating.
“I don’t know why somebody would want to kill him,” she said. “This was his last year of high school — senior he can’t even walk the stage anymore. He can’t even walk the stage anymore.”
Lockley’s coach, Dwayne Jackson, said in a written statement Monday that the community had experienced a “very dark weekend” and that Lockley’s heart was “kind and full of joy” before his life was cut short.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Myra King of the Fort Myers Police Department at (239) 321-7812, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.