Lehigh Acres man faces second-degree murder charge in Cape Coral shooting

Published: January 1, 2022 4:51 PM EST
Updated: April 11, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

The Cape Coral Police Department has arrested a Lehigh Acres man in connection with a New Year’s Day shooting.

On Jan. 1, Cape Coral PD received a call about a shooting in the 4000-block of SE 20th Place in Cape Coral.

Police say the incident began as an argument and ended in gunfire. They also told WINK News that the shooter and the victim know each other. The extent of that relationship is, however, unknown.

Upon arrival, Cape Coral officers found one victim dead with an apparent gunshot wound.

Neighbors who live in the River Park Place community say they were upset to see their usually-quiet complex turn into a crime scene. One woman even said she thought the gunshots were fireworks since the new year had just begun.

Investigators later arrested Trace Thomas McDowell, 24, of N. Hanna Avenue in connection with the shooting. McDowell could face a second-degree murder charge.

McDowell is currently at the Lee County Jail.