Fort Myers police are continuing to investigate a Friday morning homicide in Fort Myers. The shooting death brings the 2012 homicide total to 23. / Dennis Culver / The News-Press
Fort Myers added Friday to what has been a record year of homicides in the city after a morning shooting claimed the life of a 35-year-old man.
Police say Robert Raybon Jr. was shot and killed outside a residence on Bert Drive. Police responded around 4:55 a.m. after receiving a call of shots fired in the area.
He was located in front of the residence with gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators worked the scene Friday morning as more than 50 people gathered to watch just outside the taped-off areas.
Chief Doug Baker said the preliminary investigation indicates the shooting occurred during a drug robbery.
There was no information released on whether or not Raybon and the suspect knew each other, according to Sgt. Brian O’Reilly.
“We don’t believe it’s anything other than an isolated event,” O’Reilly said. “We are still following up on leads, interviewing people and analyzing the evidence.”
Police have not said how many shots were fired, but the street and front yard of the residence were littered with more than a dozen evidence markers.
Raybon has been arrested multiple times in Lee County on drug charges, theft, trespassing and forgery.
Friday’s homicide brings the 2012 total to 23, which is the most in the city since at least 1988.
The 2012 homicide total is three more than the 2011 total, which also broke the record for the city.