Shooting in Southeast Cape Coral prompts questions

Posted at 9:06 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 21:06:03-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A shooting sparked concerns in a Southeast Cape Coral neighborhood, Monday.

The shooting happened near the 3300 block of SE 15th Avenue around 11:30 P.M. Sunday night. According to Cape Coral Police, a man on a motorcycle was riding by when he was hit by a basketball by a group playing on the street. The incident escalated quickly when the man came back with other people and shot at them. The incident resulted in very minor shrapnel-type injuries. Neighbors said they heard multiple shots. "All of the sudden I heard shots, several shots, I'm almost sure I counted 7 or 8," said Art Boddy. "Next thing I know I see the helicopter flying over with the light on."

A large police scene followed the incident, worrying neighbors. "Who the heck are these people shooting in our neighborhood when there's kids around?" thought Boddy.

One woman witnessed the scene from her window. She said she saw the man who shot the gun. "I watched him with this big square gun just sauntering away," she said. "It was like west side story, a group of people from this house, a group of people from the corner."

The scene prompted concerns for neighbors, who wanted to know what was going on while it happened rather than later. "I don't even know if the gunman is still on the loose, I've been looking at the Cape Coral Police blogs and events," the witness said. 

Fox 4 took those concerns to the Cape Coral Police Department, asking why neighbors weren't alerted about specifics about the incident. "The reason for that is we don't have a messaging system that lets us talk to just the 'good citizens," said Lt. Dana Coston. "Those systems are accessible by anyone."

That includes suspects that may be fleeing.

No charges have been filed in connection with the shooting and the Cape Coral Police department says there is no reason to believe a gunman is on the loose in the neighborhood. This is an ongoing investigation and if detectives find probable cause for an arrest, that will follow.