Cape Coral teen fatally shot in street
Published: Saturday, January 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 31, 2004 at 10:29 p.m.
FORT MYERS - A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot when another teen opened fire with a shotgun as two rival groups readied themselves for a street fight, authorities said.
Friends rushed Rashard Patterson, a sophomore at North Fort Myers High School, to Cape Coral Hospital with a shotgun wound to his side Thursday, but he died at the hospital.
Late Thursday, Lee County sheriff's deputies arrested Clyde Lamar Robinson Jr., 15, on a second-degree murder charge. Deputies found a sawed-off shotgun next to a nearby pond.
Authorities and witnesses said Patterson and about 10 other friends showed up on Winsome Road in North Fort Myers looking for a fight with another gathering of teenagers.
Alonzo Stewart, 17, said they wanted to fight with their fists because Patterson, of Cape Coral, and two girls were jumped the night before.
"We didn't know there would be a gun," Stewart told The News-Press of Fort Myers.
As the groups squared off, shots rang out from the front of a house. Witnesses, who estimated the group's size at 30 or more people, heard three shots and saw the teenagers scatter.
Patterson's death makes him the second teen fatally shot in Southwest Florida this week.
On Wednesday, a Bradenton teen turned himself in Tuesday's shooting of John Simmons, 15, a freshman at Tampa's T.R. Robinson High School.
Police said Yawn shot Simmons while arguing with another individual as a group of people congregated in a Bradenton subdivision. Police said Yawn fired at the other person and hit Simmons instead.
Information from: The News-Press, http://www.news-press.com
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