Court Date Set For Alleged Beach Shooter


Jatavion Craig is now in G Block at the Lee County Jail after being arrested in Alabama, charged with the Memorial Day shooting on Fort Myers Beach. The 18-year old is alleged to have fired a weapon into a crowd of fighting beachgoers on Memorial Day. Luckily nobody was injured in the incident that had hundreds of people scrambling for cover and an overwhelming response from the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno announced Craig’s arrest three days after the incident. He’s been charged with Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, a 3rd degree felony and firing a weapon in public or on residential property, a first degree misdemeanor. Deputies say Craig discharged a weapon after several fights broke out between rowdy beach visitors.

Bond was set at $250,000 on the felony charge and $75,000 on the misdemeanor.

Craig, who has an Alabama address listed on the arrest report, is scheduled to be in court on July 6th.

Following the 911 call that shots were fired on Fort Myers Beach, over 40 deputies eventually responded, the first few were on scene in minutes as there were extra deputies on the beach for the holiday weekend. Others quickly arrived from surrounding areas not knowing early on if they had an active shooter situation on their hands.

Even with the quick response from deputies Craig was able to evade capture and exit the island with the departing crowd. However with so many cell-phone recordings of the incident, LCSO was able to screen grab a photo of someone holding a gun. That person was apparently Craig who was then arrested by local police in Alabama only three days later.