MIAMI HERALD BREAKING NEWS
Reports of an active shooter at the corporate headquarters of fashion company Chico’s were not credible, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
“I can tell you right now at this time that we have not located a threat. The employees are safe, the children at the daycare are safe and all the residents are safe at this location,” said Lee Sheriff Carmine Marceno during an afternoon media briefing.
The office received a phone call late Thursday morning alerting them to an active shooter on the campus. The person only identified himself as a security guard before they hung up the phone, Marceno said.
Chico’s FAS, Inc. issued a statement following the incident.
“Earlier today, Chico’s FAS security personnel received an anonymous call regarding the threat of an active shooter in the area around its corporate headquarters facility in Fort Myers,” the statement reads. “The security and safety of our employees is of paramount importance to Chico’s FAS. Local law enforcement and other emergency personnel were immediately notified...As a precaution, and consistent with existing security protocols and policies, all employees were notified of the situation in real-time.”
Local TV outlets reported that Chico’s employees received text alerts of a “possible active shooter in the area.”
The campus, 11215 Metro Parkway, is still on lockdown as deputies finish up a sweep of the building and campus, Marceno said.
“We leave no stone unturned,” the sheriff said. “Safety is our No. 1 priority. I am thankful today that everybody is safe.”
The incident has now become an active multi-agency investigation, he said, as they work to learn why the call was made. Chico’s said they are working with law enforcement.