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7-Eleven at Estey Avenue and Airport-Pulling Road
EAST NAPLES — On a half-mile stretch of East Naples' Estey Avenue, neighbors saw emergency vehicles swarm for the second time in less than a month Friday.
A block from the home that Chris Flanders shares with his girlfriend, a convenience store clerk gave the new father a first-hand account after two deputies shot a man holding a fake gun to his head outside of the 7-Eleven at Airport-Pulling Road and Estey Avenue around 9 a.m. Friday.
Duane Alan Gregory, 49, was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers with injuries from an undisclosed number of gunshots. An update on his condition wasn't available Saturday from hospital officials. However, the Sheriff's Office said Friday he was "stable."
Flanders had his thoughts about the Collier County Sheriff's Office shooting Gregory after he refused to put down what they thought was a real gun pointed at his own head.
"The cops need to be more cautious," Flanders said.
While he knew about the shooting, he was unaware that in late September, also just a couple of blocks from his home, 48-year-old Robin Wallace was killed after a vehicle hit her as she biked near the intersection of Estey Avenue and Embassy Lane.
Pamela Moore lives near Flanders, but had no idea there had been a shooting Friday. She had, however, tightened the reins on her young son after the fatal hit-and-run in that Estey Avenue neighborhood.
"Every single person that passes by here is speeding," Moore said, explaining why her 12-year-old son isn't allowed to bike to school, or even play in the front yard. "My kid is not going to be a statistic."
In the area of Estey Avenue that is sandwiched between Wallace's death — which remains under investigation — and Gregory's shooting, neighbors told the Daily News they are concerned about fast drivers and public intoxication around the intersection of Estery Avenue and Airport-Pulling Road.
Collier deputies responded to the 7-Eleven on Friday after reports of a man drinking beer near a trash bin outside the store.
Moore noted that's not an unusual sight. She said she sees groups of men, often disheveled, drinking there and along Estey Avenue.
"That's where they always hang out. Eventually something was bound to happen," Moore said.
Gregory last listed St. Matthew's House as an address, but shelter officials said they last heard from him in 2011.
The Sheriff's Office on Saturday released the names of the two deputies involved in the shooting.
Cpl. Charles Creamer, 43, and Cpl. Daniel Fano, 38, responded to the scene of a man holding what later was determined to be a "realistic" but fake gun, the agency said.
A press release from the Sheriff's Office didn't say how many shots each of the two deputies fired. Both deputies involved are longtime law enforcement officers now on administrative leave, as is customary during an investigation.
Creamer is a 25-year veteran of the agency assigned to the Major Crimes Bureau.
Fano, with the East Naples patrol district, has been with the Sheriff's Office for 12 years, according to the agency.