Drive-by shooting slows traffic, rattles nerves

CREATED Feb. 20, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb. 20, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – A morning drive-by shooting shutdown rush hour traffic near downtown Fort Myers for hours and put the neighborhood on edge. 

The Lee County Sheriffs Office says they got a 9-1-1 call on reports of shots fired around 7:30 a.m. near Palm Beach Boulevard and Tyrone Ave.

The shooting happened outside a business, but fortunately no one was hit by the barrage of bullets. 

Fox 4 spoke with a family that lives just across the street from the crime scene; they tell us they don’t feel safe. 

“This ain’t the first time I’ve heard about the shooting,” said Hernan Aponte, “but this is the first time I’ve heard about it this close to where I stay.” 

Deputies say the car involved in the shooting was spotted near the intersection of Ortiz Avenue and Elvas Avenue, just a couple of blocks away. 

After spotting the vehicle, LCSO says it sped off and a chase ensued. 

During the chase Deputies say one of the suspects in the car tossed the handgun believed to have been used in the shooting out of the car. 

The gun was later recovered. 

Deputies finally managed to stop the vehicle described as a black Dodge Journey at Ione Avenue and Tice Street. 

Deputies arrested the two suspects inside the car.  

LCSO is still working to uncover the motive behind the drive-by and discover a potential target. 

“I think they should patrol here and constantly patrol here,” said another woman who lives near the business that was sprayed with bullets.

Traffic in the area was at a stand still for nearly three hours. 

The main roads were reopened by 10:30 a.m.