An Immokalee High School student is dead and a 24-year-old man is behind bars after a shooting Saturday night outside a Fort Myers restaurant.
Kanasha Isaac, 16, was shot while sitting in a car at the Fort Myers Ale House off Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers police said. She was pronounced clinically deceased but remained on life support as her organs were harvested, police said.
Members of a Fort Myers violent crimes task force found and arrested Henry Brunson, of Fort Myers, at about 7 a.m. Sunday at his home.
A witness told police that four people were in a parked vehicle at the restaurant when Brunson blocked them in with a light-colored sedan, an arrest report said. The front passenger window was then rolled down, and a witness said Brunson reached out and fired numerous rounds into the windshield. Isaac, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of her vehicle, was hit once in the head, the report said.
Isaac was driven about four miles to Lee Memorial Hospital, where she was declared brain dead at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. A witness, who described knowing Brunson for several years, picked him out of a six-person lineup, the report said.
Brunson remains in a Lee County jail without bond. He faces a second-degree murder charge. No motive for the shooting hasn't been publicly released.
Reached by phone Monday morning, a woman who identified herself as Mary Brunson, Henry's mother, said her son was home, watching his son, at the time of the shooting. She hadn't spoken with her son but denied he was involved.
"He's been in trouble in the past and (the police) are just targeting him," Mary Brunson said. "Any time anything happens, his name comes up, but he was babysitting his son and I hope the police will be able to prove that."
Efforts to reach Isaac's family Monday morning were unsuccessful.
Records show Brunson has racked up at least 19 traffic violations in Lee County, and he had adjudication withheld in February 2011 on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Brunson also was arrested in January 2011 when a search of his gray Chevrolet Malibu turned up a short-barreled rifle, an empty Glock magazine, a full 30-round magazine and five cartridges. The charges were dropped three months later.
Counselors visited Isaac's classrooms Monday morning at Immokalee High School, and other aid is being made available to students, a Collier schools spokeswoman said.