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Addressing Violent Crime in Fort Myers

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The Fort Myers Police Department’s Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report released this week shows a 9.7% reduction in overall crime for the first six months of 2015.  However, unsolved shootings in recent months have raised concerns among Fort Myers communities.

Last October, five-year-old Andrew Faust, Jr., was killed by a stray bullet.  12-year-old Luxury Vance survived three gunshots earlier this month while standing outside of her aunt’s Fort Myers home. Two months ago, a 17-year-old boy and his uncle were found dead outside an apartment complex.  These violent crimes have prompted Fort Myers City Councilwoman Terolyn Watson to propose a gun buy-back program.  We’ll explore the efficacy of such programs along with an effort between the Fort Myers Police Department, Mount Herman Ministries in Dunbar and Lee Memorial Health System.


Yemisi Oloruntola-Coates, Manager of Diversity and Language Services at Lee Memorial Health System

Johnny Streets, Fort Myers City Councilman, Ward 2 and former Fort Myers Police Department Law Enforcement Officer