They were loud," he said. Subscribe to The News-Press. "There were kids out there partying, singing songs. Marceno said the dead person was a male but could not release his name, age or if he worked at the Lani Kai. https://www.msn.com/.../deadly-shooting-at-the-lani-kai-resort/vi-BB16MNaJ An incident involving a spray of gunfire shortly after midnight Wednesday at the Lani Kai Island Resort in Fort Myers Beach left one man dead and two others with non-life-threatening injuries. The Lani Kai has been very, very helpful.”, Shortly before 7 a.m. Marceno crossed Estero Boulevard and approached a group of people but before he could reach them one man held up his hands and shouted at the sheriff, "I'm not talking to you until you remove my (expletive deleted) brother. ", More:Suspected arson at North Fort Myers home during murder-suicide, More:Port Charlotte ex-convict charged in Lehigh Acres homicide case, More:Man sought in attempted Cape Coral homicide found dead in vehicle late Monday. 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"We were trying to just escape," she said. 3 dead in France stabbing attack at a ch... 1:07 Deadly shooting at the Lani Kai Resort Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. “We’re working some real positive leads. "We're doing everything in our power to help the Lee County Sheriff's Office with this case.". Heidi Dunphy said the shooting cast a pall over what was supposed to be a getaway vacation. “This is an open, active homicide investigation,” the sheriff said. Earlier an entire section of Estero Boulevard had been blocked off during the Lee County Sheriff's Office investigation. “An unknown suspect came out and engaged the group,” he said. "It woke me up," Mike Dunphy said. and last updated 2020-07-15 21:24:30-04. He said when they walked out on their fifth floor balcony overlooking the beach they saw people screaming and crying. "Get a week of peace and quiet.". Deadly shooting at the Lani Kai Resort. 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The Lani Kai is a popular spring break hot spot, with restaurants, 400 feet of beachfront and stages, operating for the past 43 years. They also closed down the beach. Melissa Schneider, marketing director for the resort, said the incident on the beach behind the hotel was devastating. “That altercation turned very violent,” he said. 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The sheriff said there was a group of people hanging out on the beach before the altercation. Journalism matters. Then I heard more.". “An altercation occurred, there was multiple rounds fired, unfortunately, three people were hit.". Your support matters. One man died and two others were injured after a shooting near the popular resort on Fort Myers Beach last month. You're not alone. By: Christina Evans Posted at 9:24 PM, Jul 15, 2020 . The sheriff acknowledged the man and returned to the crime scene. FORT MYERS, Fla. – One person is in custody related to the July 15 shooting near the Lani Kai Resort on Fort Myers Beach, according to Lee County deputies. Marceno asked that anyone with information on the suspect come forward. 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