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Punta Gorda Police Chief describes alleged...

Posted at 7:29 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 19:59:54-04
FORT MYERS, FLa. -- Five months have passed since a masked Michael Russo entered a local 7-11 in Punta Gorda then shot and killed 18 year-old Kyle Farishian working the counter.
 
Times passed but the emotion is still fresh. "If I found out that he killed my kid that day, I would've gone out & killed him myself," said neighbor neighbor Howard Meenan. 
 
We now know the man responsible, 28 year-old Michael Russo but we know little about him. His mother Maria died in 2011 and neighbors remember his father who committed suicide in 2012 as being quiet. "We never saw them outside or socializing so I think the father pretty much stayed to himself but I don't think there was a wife there since we moved in 2006," said neighbor Rosemarie Zepp. 
 
It's a neighborhood where people keep their garage doors open and neighbors speak to one another. Despite the socializing within the neighborhood, most say they never saw Russo go in or out of his front doors.
 
"We never saw him make a trip to the mailbox as you do your other neighbors never seen a trash can set outside," said neighbor Judy Podhorn. 
 
Surveillance video from neighbors captured Detectives & the Charlotte County SWAT Team arrest Russo as it happened. 
 
Despite Russo being charged with murder & arson, even law enforcement says there's not much to say about. "He's very odd. From what we know he has absolutely no employment. He stays inside sometimes for 3 to 4 days at a time and is not coming out," said Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis.