Sunday night’s party at Club Blu in Fort Myers, (FL) was supposed to be a safe place for youths to come party, and it was… at least until the party was over, and someone opened fire on people leaving the event.
At least two people were killed and more than a dozen others injured after a shooting outside a Florida nightclub hosting an event for teens, officials said early Monday.
The gunfire rang out just as family members were picking up their kids from Club Blu in Fort Myers, where the “no ID required” party had just finished.
Some of the victims were aged as young as 12, according to authorities.
“We are deeply sorry for all involved,” Club Blu said in a Facebook post. “We tried to give the teens what we thought was a safe place to have a good time.”
The club said there was “armed security” at the event for children between the ages of 12 and 17, adding there “was nothing more we could have done.” Although police did not immediately give information about the identity of the suspects, the club said that “it was not kids at the party that did this despicable act.”
Police said that officers responded to the parking lot of Club Blu at around 12:30 a.m. to find multiple people suffering gunshot wounds ranging from minor to life-threatening
Of the 16 people taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, one died after being admitted and two others were in the intensive-care unit as of early Monday.
One other person was confirmed killed in the incident, according to police.
Shells casings at the crime scene suggest that multiple firearms were used in the attack including rifle-caliber and pistol-caliber firearms. More than 30 shots were fired in the night club shooting.
One person died at the scene, and another was pronounce dead at an area hospital. At least one additional person is in critical condition, and another is in either in serious or critical condition, depending on the news source. 10-13 others have lesser injuries of various kinds which may or may not include gunshot wounds, and which may have resulted from parents, caregivers, and teens alike attempting to flee the attack.
The club had armed security outside the club, but it isn’t known at this time if they attempted to engage the mass shooter(s).
Another person was injured at a home five blocks away when a home and car came under fire from what police believe is the same shooter or shooters
Three people we apprehended in a vehicle on Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers shortly after the two attacks.
No motive for the attack is known at this time.