FORT PIERCE — Two apparent gunfire incidents followed Sunday night’s attempted murder of a driver and a later gunfire incident at a home in the city’s northwest neighborhoods, police said Tuesday.
On Monday night, police answered two calls about gunfire — all without injuries — within six blocks of each other northwest of Orange Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Police were only able to find enough information to file a report in one incident.
Seven blocks east of there, Fort Pierce resident Marcus Sanders, 18, was critically shot about 9 p.m. Sunday while in a car going through a residential neighborhood in the 800 block of North 21 Street, at the intersection with Avenue G.
On Monday night, Sanders still was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, police said.
He was riding in the back seat of the car. None of the other occupants, who haven’t been identified, were injured.
Sanders’ relatives declined to comment when approached outside the hospital Monday.
After Sanders was shot, someone at 2:45 a.m. Monday fired on a dwelling in the 3000 block of Avenue M. No one was injured in that incident.
So far, police have released few details, except to confirm that the gunfire happened and where. The motives and the assailants are under investigation, police said.
The shooting of Sanders raises to 19 the number of people injured by gunfire this year in Fort Pierce. Of the 19, seven were fatal. That matches Fort Pierce’s total throughout all of 2013.
The gunfire comes as the police and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office are starting a special combined summertime patrol to curb violence. Meanwhile, police are working with an array of agencies to create an anti-gang initiative targeting the city’s northwest area. Earlier this year, police applied for a $1 million federal grant to set up a comprehensive anti-gang program modeled after ones used in other parts of the United States.
Anyone with information about the shooting of Sanders is asked to call Detective Tyrone Campbell at 772-467-6829. People may remain anonymous by calling Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-8477, text “Tip151” plus the tip to 274637 or leave the tip on its website, tcwatch.org.