Fort Myers club shooting: 2 dead, 14 injured outside teen party
FORT MYERS — Two people are dead and at least 14 others were injured after a shooting at a Florida nightclub, Fort Myers police Capt. Jim Mulligan said.
The shooting took place around 12:30 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of Club Blu Bar and Grill, police said.
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.
The two victims killed have been identified as 14-year-old Shawn Achilles and 18-year-old Ste’fan Strawder, Fort Myers police said.
Lee Memorial Hospital said it received 16 people, ages 12 to 27, with injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening.
Authorities detained three adults in relation to the shooting. But the motive for the shooting 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 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.
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 detail about the stop.