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Cape man facing murder charge in shooting

By Staff | Aug 2, 2016

A Cape Coral man is facing a murder charge after a woman was shot last month.

Rajai Akeem Richardson, 22, of 246 S.W. 26th St., was arrested and charged Thursday with one count of second-degree murder dangerous depraved without premeditation, along with one count of contempt of court violation of injunction for protection domestic violence, according to arrest and court records.

As of Tuesday, he remained in custody at the Lee County Jail on no bond.

On July 12, police responded to a woman shot in the parking lot of Oakwood Apartments, at 2944 Jackson St., Fort Myers. The responding officers were informed that the suspect fled on foot toward Central Avenue, records state. The woman was identified as Shavonea Green, 27, of Lehigh Acres.

Green had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.

Officials reported on Tuesday that she remained hospitalized in fair condition.

Witnesses stated that the involved parties had been arguing in the parking lot earlier in the day.

On July 15, Green told police that she was standing outside talking to a friend when she saw a man known to her, identified as Richardson. She had had an altercation with him about three years before.

“Green stated that she and Richardson were looking at each other and they exchanged words,” the records indicate. “Green reported that she cannot remember exactly what was said but no threats were made during the altercation. Green mentioned that she has seen Richardson several times before.”

As she was walking toward the apartments, Green turned around and saw Richardson run from the back of the apartments with a bandanna covering his mouth. According to records, he mumbled something and started shooting at her. Before Green fell to the ground, she saw the gun in his hand.

After the woman fell to the ground, Richardson reportedly stood over her and shot her again.

Green told police that Richardson dropped the gun on the ground next to her and an unknown person picked it up. She said she did not move or touch the gun out of fear that it would fire and shoot her.

On Thursday, Cape police responded to a home at 105 N.E. 23rd St. in regards to a 911 hang up. The call notes indicated that a man was saying someone was accusing him of murder.

Arriving officers met with Richardson and a woman, who both stated that they were arguing over their relationship issues.

A check revealed an active domestic violence injunction had been issued on June 8 between Richardson and the woman, according to records. He was not allowed to be at the home.

Cape police took him into custody on the contempt of court charge.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service responded over the open booking sheet for the murder charge.

Richardson has an arraignment on the contempt of court charge on Aug. 23.

He has an arraignment on the murder charge set for Aug. 29.

He could not be reached for comment on Tuesday regarding the allegations.