Three suspects have been detained for the attack on a local venue, where two people have been confirmed dead
Two people have been shot dead and at least 14 injured at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida according to local media reports.
Shots were fired at Club Blu Bar and Grill at around 12.30am (25 July). Witnesses told media on the scene that an argument had broken out prior to the gunfire. Officers arrived at the venue, with others deployed to two separate locations connected to the shooting, according to NBC 2. The bar was hosting a night for local teenagers, fuelling fears people as young as 13 have been involved in the attack. Three people have now been taken into custody, according to a police spokesperson. The surrounding streets of Club Blu have been closed as investigations continue, but they have been “deemed safe” otherwise by authorities.
Police have also confirmed two deaths, with at least 14 people hurt in the attack. Injuries of those involved in the attack range from minor to life-threatening. Fort Myers’ local sheriff's office said they are “actively canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in this incident.” Syreeta Gary, whose daughter was at Club Blu, told Fox 4 news channel: “I just thank God that my daughter is OK because she could have been shot.” She said that her daughter was “dodging bullets and running dropping between cars”.
“It's ridiculous that these kids have to go through this, they can’t enjoy themselves because you have other people there who have criminalistic minds – they just want to terrorise things. I’m just glad she’s okay.”
The attack comes just a month after the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida at Pulse nightclub, where a gunman shot 50 people in what was the deadliest shooting in US history. A motive for the Fort Myers attack is still being sought.