FORT MYERS — A street festival in Fort Myers turned deadly Saturday evening with a local man shot and six others wounded.
About 20,000 people, many of them in zombie costume and makeup, were in attendance at the ninth annual ZombiCon in downtown Fort Myers when shots were fired.
Expavious Tyrell Taylor, 20, of Okeechobee died at the scene. Six others were injured, according to the latest Fort Myers Police Department report.
According to a Public Information Officer Lieutenant Victor Medico, of the Fort Myers Police Department (FMPD), investigators have received surveillance video from the Los Cabos Cantina, 2226 First St., which is near where the shooting took place.
FMPD investigators are using the video in hopes of finding more potential witnesses of the shooting that took Mr. Taylor’s life. That shooting took place in the 2200 block of First Street.
Thanks to that video, Lt. Medico indicated investigators have come up with a suspect that is described as a white or possibly Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20s. He was dressed in a black T-shirt and wore a flat-billed black and red ball cap.
That suspect was seen firing a black semi-automatic handgun. After the shooting, the suspect fled westbound on First Street toward the federal courthouse.
Six other people were injured in the shooting. Four were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One was treated at the scene and refused transport. One victim refused medical attention.
ZombiCon features bands and DJs performing on stage. It is sponsored by Pushing Daizies, a local artists’ charity.
In an official statement, organizers said they were “deeply saddened by the news of what happened within the footprint of our event. We take the safety of our patrons very seriously and take precautions in hiring security and police officers for our annual event. Our prayers go out to the family members and individuals involved in the incident.”