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Cape Coral tragedy

June 10, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Although there has been much speculation and numerous theories bandied about, actual information related to a shooting rampage that left three people dead and three wounded, including an infant, has been sparse.

Given the scope of the situation - three shooting locations, multiple victims, police involvement resulting in the death of the gunman who had already shot three people, two fatally - that's to be expected.

Witnesses need to be questioned; accounts need to be compiled and verified with evidence; evidence collected at the shooting scenes and other places, including the gunman's home, needs to be analyzed; and the actions of the officers, from first call to final bullet, need to be reviewed, a standard procedure in any "officer-involved" shooting situation.

That process is on-going.

What is known are the identities of the people killed and injured.

They are:

- Jeremy C. Taylor, 54, who was gunned down as he rode his motorcycle along Skyline Boulevard around 5:44 p.m. Sunday. He was the first person killed by Christopher Michael Moran, 31, who was armed with a shotgun.

- Sean Strickland, 26, who died instantly from a shotgun blast shortly before 6:30 p.m. He was working at the Circle K at 1603 Cape Coral Parkway W. when Moran walked in, shot him, and wounded a customer.

- That customer was Richard Huwiler, 61. He sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Also injured were a woman and a baby who were in the car Moran was driving when he was stopped by police about a mile away from the convenience store.

Just four minutes after Mr. Strickland and Mr. Huwiler were shot, police spotted the vehicle at the intersection of Cape Coral Parkway and Skyline Boulevard.

Moran "violently resisted" as he was stopped on Skyline and was subsequently shot by police. Also injured were:

- Maria A. Rodriguez, 32, and Christopher Moran, Jr., 14 months old.

Information on their respective medical conditions has not been released. Both remained hospitalized as of Tuesday.

While such incidents may not be rare elsewhere, they have been unheard of in Cape Coral.

Until Sunday.

We add our thoughts and prayers to those in our community who have extended them to the victims and their families.

Our thoughts, too, are with the officers and other first responders who put their lives on the line as this tragedy unfolded.

For as horrible as this incident is, there is the very real possibility it could have been worse - much worse - had Cape Coral police not stopped Moran as quickly as they did.

This is a tragedy with much heartache to go around.

And we, as a community, grieve.

- Breeze editorial



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