Woman fatally shot in Fort Myers apartment complex

Posted at 8:41 AM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 06:20:35-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A shooting Monday morning left a Fort Myers woman dead after being reportedly shot in the face.

It happened shortly after 8 AM in the 3000 block of Dora Street.  That's in the Southward Village community.

A neighbor tells Fox 4 she heard gun shots around 8 in the morning and then saw something she can't ever forget.  "At first all I heard was probably like two or three gun shots, and then I just come outside to see all the police.  I'm walking around the corner and next thing you know, I see a body lying on the ground...lifeless," said  Jarlenie Santos.

A search is under way in the area.

Family has identified the victim as Lalita Odom, a mother in her 20's.

Fort Myers Police say the shooting victim was targeted.  "This isn't a random act. But again, as far as the motive behind it, it's still too early to tell," says Officer Jay Rodriguez.

If you have any information that could help investigators in this case, pick up the phone and call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and you could earn a cash reward.