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One arrested in Lehigh Acres shooting

Darwin Mejia has been charged with one count Attempted First Degree Premeditated Murder

One arrested in Lehigh Acres shooting

By Stacey Naughton. CREATED Nov 1, 2011 - UPDATED: Nov 1, 2011

LEHIGH ACRES- A Fort Myers man has been charged with Attempted Murder in Lehigh Acres shooting. Darwin Mejia, 18, of 8192 Egret Road, was arrested after a deputy conducted a traffic stop.

Last night around 11:08, Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shooting at 2701 21st Street SW in Lehigh Acres. Several people were at the house for a party when they all heard a knock at the door. The victim, Christopher Aleman, 21, of 310 Poplar Street in Lehigh Acres, opened the door and was immediately shot in the face with a handgun. The bullet struck Aleman in the left cheek. He was airlifted to the hospital as a trauma alert.

Following the shooting, the suspect fled to a nearby wooded area. A deputy patrolling the area was flagged down by witnesses who told him the suspect may have fled in a small gray car. 

Another deputy responding to the call observed a vehicle driving away from the scene that matched the information being broadcast to all responding units. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and part of a handgun could be seen through the back window under the driver’s seat. The driver was identified Darwin Mejia; he was wearing gloves and clothing that matched descriptions given by witnesses.

Further investigation revealed that Mejia deliberately went to the address to shoot and kill individuals within the home.