2 Dead, 16 Injured in Fort Myers Nightclub Shooting
A shooting Monday morning outside a Florida nightclub’s teen party left two people dead and more than a dozen wounded, officials said. Fort Myers Police also said the shooting was not terror-related.
The two teens killed were 14 and 18 years old, police said on Twitter.
Lee Memorial Hospital said it received 16 people, ages 12 to 27, with injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening.
The shooting took place around 12:30 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of Club Blu Bar and Grill.
A flier posted on Facebook advertised the club’s “Swimsuit Glow Party” Sunday night. It said no identification would be required to enter, meaning the party was open to all ages.
Three adults have been detained in relation to the shooting. The motive remains unclear.
Club Blu released a statement Monday saying it tried to provide a safe environment for teens.
“We are deeply sorry for all involved,” the club posted on Facebook.
“We tried to give the teens WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS A SAFE PLACE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. Ages 12-17. There was armed security as well as full security, inside and out. As the club was closing and parents were picking their children up…..that’s when all this took place. There was nothing more we could of done az [sic] you see it was not kids at the party that did this despicable act.”
Police didn’t say how many shots were fired, but the front of the club was covered with at least 36 yellow evidence markers.
“It was chaos. I saw a bunch of people running across the street,” nearby resident Jermaine Wilson said. “It’s incredible that this can happen at a teenage (event).”
More crime scenes
Police are investigating two other related scenes, one on Ortiz Avenue, where a person of interest has been detained. The other scene is on Parkway Street, where gunshots hit property and a bullet grazed a person, according to CNN affiliate WINK-TV.
But the area is now “deemed safe,” a police statement said.
Authorities are searching for any suspects who may still be on the loose.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle that had a suspect in it, Mulligan added, but did not give any additional details about the stop.
CNN’s Chuck Johnston reported from Fort Myers, and Holly Yan wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Euan McKirdy, Shawn Nottingham and Christine Sever contributed to this report.