Shooting raises concerns about broken streetlights

Posted at 12:25 PM, Jun 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-02 23:27:00-04

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting about a mile away from North fort Myers High School. It also has neighbors concerned about a bigger issue. They said that area is just too dark, and streetlights that actually work could prevent crimes like this from happening.

The shooting happened before dawn, around 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning near Pondella Rd. and July Cir. LCSO said one person was injured during the shooting.

Local business owners said they’ve been working to get either LCEC or the County to fix the lights for years. Deana Campbell who owns Deana’s Country Kids Daycare said she noticed broken streetlights after Hurricane Irma in 2017. Back then she counted 49 broken streetlights on Pondella Rd. stretching between Moody Rd. and US 41. Sunday night she counted 41. Fifteen on her block alone.

LCSO has not released information about the condition of the victim or a description of a suspect.

But Campbell said better lighting will deter crime and help with the investigation.

“When you have an area that is lit up, and somebody wants to find a witness, it’s going to be much easier to see what’s going on,” said Campbell.

LCEC said those streetlights are owned by the county. Lee County Commissioner did not respond over the weekend, but FOX 4 keep you updated as we learn more.