Suspect named in Sunday’s downtown Fort Myers shooting; officials mulling over changes

Published: August 18, 2022 4:28 PM EDT
Updated: August 18, 2022 6:07 PM EDT

A woman has been named as a suspect in an early Sunday morning shooting in downtown Fort Myers that injured one.

According to the Fort Myers Police Department, Jasmine Lashaye Battle, 29, is wanted in connection to the shooting at 2201 Second Street.

Battle has active felony warrants for aggravated battery with a firearm, shooting into a vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Battle is no stranger to authorities. She’s been arrested at least 10 other times for drugs and battery, records show.

The police department is urging the community to come forward with information regarding her current location. Police said there were non-life-threatening injuries reported.

The Fort Myers Police Department said they had ample police officers on the scene. They heard the shots and responded to provide medical attention within seconds.

The shooting is sparking a push for change in the area this week.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Mobile Command will be parked downtown this weekend, watching and rewarding the businesses who play by the rules and punishing those who don’t.

A member of Fort Myers City Council met with representatives of Fort Myers police and business leaders to kick around the possibility of putting a system in place that would keep people with a violent history out of bars and restaurants.

“Police, the sheriff are really stepping out up. So we’ll see good results there. And it’s gonna take some time to change the culture,” said Liston Bochette, who represents the area where the club is located.

On the list of suggestions is reducing access to the city and downtown and putting in place an earlier last call. Also on the list is having bars turn into private clubs at a certain hour where people will have to pay a fee to enter.

“You’d have to produce your driver’s license on record, your email address, identify who you are,” Bochette said.

And if you have a history of trouble, you’ll be denied entrance.

Another idea is to stagger bar hours.

“Staggered hours is also one of the friendly options and like I say if the friendly options work, it’ll stop right there. And if they don’t work, we’ll go to the next level,” Bochette said.

Fort Myers Councilman Johnny Streets is also holding a meeting about putting drones in the air over downtown and having a sheriff’s office helicopter on call.

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If you know where Battle is or have additional information, you are asked to call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780 (TIPS) 8477. All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.