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Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies investigate a crime scene wherea male was reportedly shot in the head on Prospect Avenue in east Fort Myers tonight.
Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies investigate a crime scene wherea male was reportedly shot in the head on Prospect Avenue in east Fort Myers tonight. / Lindsay Terry/news-press.com

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Two men died and another was injured in two separate shooting incidents Friday night in east Fort Myers.

The first shooting occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Kingsman Circle off Ballard Road.

Fort Myers police found two male victims. They were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital, where one of them died. The other victim suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Neither has been identified, and a suspect was being sought late Friday.

A second shooting occurred minutes later, less than 2 miles away on Prospect Avenue.

Lee County deputies responded to this scene, where a man was found lying near an apartment.

He was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition but did not survive his injuries. He has not been identified.

Officers set up a perimeter and searched the area with police dogs and a helicopter but no suspect was found.

Deputies continue to investigate the shooting.

Jessica Collins said she saw a man she believed to be the suspect shortly after the shooting.

“He was walking down the road like nothing happened,” Collins said.

She said two men gave chase to the suspect. Police units canvassed the area, but were unsuccessful.

Lt. Larry King, sheriff’s office spokesman, said the two incidents likely aren’t related.

The homicide on Kingsman Circle is the 22nd in the city this year. The incident near Prospect Avenue happened just outside of the Fort Myers city limits. It would be the 16th homicide in Lee County.

Anyone with information is asked to call FMPD at 321-7700 or the sheriff's office at 477-1000 , Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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