Man shot at City of Palms Park during baseball tournament – The News-Press
A man was transported to a local hospital after a shooting Tuesday night in the City of Palms Park parking lot while a baseball tournament was going on inside the stadium.
The shooting occurred at 7:12 p.m., the Fort Myers Police Department said. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The Roy Hobbs Baseball Tournament brought teams from across the country to City Of Palms Park.
This is the 24th year of the tournament, said Tom Giffen, owner of Roy Hobbs Baseball.
Players were asked to wait in the dining room before being allowed to go home,
According to Giffen, a groundskeeper was shot.
Betsy Clayton, communications director for Lee County which administers the park, referred all questions to the Fort Myers Police Department.
The police department did not release the identity of the man..
“We are going to hope they get the guy that shot the groundskeeper,” Giffen said.
The game was called after the 7:12 p.m. shooting . As detectives and police officers used their flashlights to search the grounds, players waited in the dining room, âGiffen said. An adjacent parking lot was also searched.
Patrol officers, K-9 units and a helicopter were used to search for the shooter.
The teams, the Stoneage of Orlando, and the Dupage Indians of Chicago, traveled to Fort Myers for the weeklong tournament for those ages 53 and over, Giffen said.
The police line was lifted just after 9:30 p.m. and a steady line of vehicles exited the park.
Giffen said the players didn’t hear the gunfire because of the game.
“They were totally unaware anything was going on,” Giffen said.
“The game had reached the point where we could end it, so we ended it,” he said.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Fort Myers Police Department at 239-321-7700, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message CRIMES (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous