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Two shot in apparent Fort Myers drive-by

Oct. 10, 2012
Police investigate shooting
Police investigate shooting: Sgt. Sean Hoover discusses an early morning shooting in Fort Myers. Video by Dennis Culver.
Family and friends of two victims shot Wednesday are dispersed by Fort Myers police officers. / Andrew West/

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A man shot in an apparent ambush in Fort Myers on Wednesday had been released from the Lee County Jail about an hour before he was shot.

Fort Myers Police have identified the victims of the shooting on Winkler Avenue Extension near the Brittany Apartments as Michelle Fletcher, 34, and Quayshun Lewis, 21.

They were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital, where they remained in critical condition Wednesday night.

Police responded around 4:22 a.m. after receiving a report of a car crash. Lewis was released from jail Wednesday morning at 3:15 a.m., according to records, after serving almost two months on a charge of resisting an officer.

The car Lewis and Fletcher were in had at least a dozen bullet holes through the passenger windows. It was found in a ditch just off Winkler.

Lewis was suffering from gunshot wounds but was conscious and breathing when officers arrived, according to a police report. Fletcher was suffering from gunshot wounds as well.

It appears the incident may have been a drive-by shooting, but police were working out what exactly happened. The responding officer’s first assumption was the shooting of Lewis was gang related, according to a police report.

“The motive of the shooting is still under investigation,” Fort Myers Police Department spokeswoman Shelly Flynn said in an email. “We have not yet been able to speak to the victims in the shooting.”

In July, Lewis posted an update to his Facebook page thanking God for letting him live to see his birthday.

“I never thought I would live to see 21,” he said. “I had some old people (in) my life told me I wouldn’t live to see 21.”

A month later, he posted another update declaring he was done with street life because life is too short to play with.

“(It’s) time for a change,” he said. “But this doesn’t mean try me.”

Police were watching Lewis even before Wednesday’s shooting. He was on a Fort Myers Police Department list that tracks the city’s most violent offenders, Flynn said.

Lewis has a criminal record in Lee that goes back to 2005, when he was arrested for aggravated battery on an elected official or education employee, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office website. He was 13 at the time. Lewis also has been arrested on charges of robbery, battery and carrying a concealed firearm.

Fletcher faced drug charges in 2003, according to the sheriff’s office website.

Jacqueline Upshaw, a friend of Lewis’ mother, said she came to the hospital to offer support.

She didn't identify Fletcher or Lewis but said Fletcher is in “worse shape” than Lewis.

She also said Lewis’ mother had to be admitted to the hospital once she arrived because of high blood pressure.

More than 50 friends and family members were at the hospital. Police had to step in several times and break up verbal altercations between visitors.

Police finally cleared the parking lot by making dozens of people leave the hospital grounds.

Winkler was closed from Colonial Boulevard to the Brittany Apartments for several hours while police investigated the shooting.

Police do not have any suspects at this time, but there was one witness to the incident.

Staff writer Marisa Kendall contributed to this report.

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