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FORT MYERS — Lee deputies are investigating who planted an explosive device and detonated it outside a Gateway man’s house.
According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report:
Deputies were called just after midnight Thursday to the 11000 block of Waterford Village Drive in Fort Myers by a called who said gunshots were being fired.
A deputy spoke to Richard Di Liberato, 58, who said he heard a gunshot near the back of his house and heard the sound of a vehicle being driven away.
The deputy spoke with Di Liberato, who said he was in his laundry room when he heard a loud bang. He looked at his bedroom window, which he had left open, and saw burn marks around it and small holes and tears on the mini-blinds.
Corbin Williams also found burn marks outside his house and small pieces of what appeared to be PVC pipe in his and Di Liberato’s yards.
Williams said he knew someone who may be involved because of prior altercations, but did not want to prosecute. Instead, he said, “he wanted to sue them for $25,000 for the trauma he suffered and the damage to his window and blinds.”
Another neighbor also said she heard what she believed to be a firecracker.
The bomb squad responded and found fragments of the explosive device.
Deputies are still investigating the incident however because it involved an explosive device, said John Sheehan, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.