2 DEAD 17 INJURED IN A TEENS PARTY IN A FLORIDA NIGHTCLUB

2 DEAD 17 INJURED IN A TEENS PARTY IN A FLORIDA NIGHTCLUB

Gunfire erupted at a nightclub hosting a swimsuit-themed party for teens in Florida, leaving two teens dead and at least 17 other people wounded, officials said Monday.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the violence, but Fort Myers police Capt. Jim Mulligan said the shooting was not an act of terror. Police detained three people and said the area around Club Blu had been deemed safe, Mulligan said

The slain teens were 14-year-old Sean Archilles and 18-year-old Ste’Fan Strawder, police said. Archilles lived about a mile from the nightclub, said his father, Jean Archilles. Archilles said his son loved to play football and basketball.
“He liked to make people laugh. He’s a funny kid. He’s always joking,” Jean Archilles said.

He said he doesn’t wish bad for the shooter.

“When he lays down in his bed, how is he feeling about what he did? A 14-year-old kid!” Archilles said. “Is he thinking about his family, his friends? Because everybody has family and friends. Does he feel good about himself?”
Four people were in the hospital. Two were in critical condition and two in fair condition, Lee Memorial Health System CEO Lisa Sgarlata said at a news conference.

All of the other patients were treated and released. The victims ranged in ages from 12 to 27.

There were two active crime scenes, police said. Several hours later a street in the area remained closed as police investigated.

The club is in a strip mall that includes a daycare center and is across the street from a large apartment complex. Officers had the area taped off as crime scene technicians scoured the strip mall parking lot for clues.

State records online show the alcohol license for Club Blu was revoked June 7 because of an incident that occurred a year ago, but there were no additional details available, according to records from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The same records show that a complaint was filed in 2014 for “criminal activity” and that the club was given an official notice.
The violence at Club Blu happened about 12:30 a.m. Monday, just as the club was closing and parents were arriving to pick up their children.

Syreeta Gary told WFTX-TV her daughter ran to avoid being shot. Her daughter was OK, but her daughter’s friend “got hit in the leg and luckily it’s just her leg,” she said.

“Her dodging bullets and running, dropping in between cars, it’s ridiculous that these kids have to go through this,” Gary said. “They can’t enjoy themselves because you have other people that have criminalistic minds and they just want to terrorize things.”

A post on Club Blu’s Facebook page said there was armed security at the event.

“We are deeply sorry for all involved,” the post read. “We tried to give teens what we thought was a safe place to have a good time.”

The shooting comes more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. The shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 left 49 victims dead and 53 others wounded.

 

 

 

 

MINUTES BY MINUTES UPDATE

5:40 a.m.

Authorities say two people have been killed and more than a dozen shot at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida.

Capt. Jim Mulligan of the Fort Myers Police Department told WINK-TV as many as 17 people have been shot in the early Monday shooting at Club Blu.

Mulligan told the station three people have been taken into custody and that there are two active crime scenes.

The shooting comes more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

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5:55 a.m.

Police in Fort Myers say the area around a deadly nightclub shooting has been deemed safe.

But in an email, police Capt. Jim Mulligan says the street will remain closed as authorities investigate.

The shooting at Club Blu killed two people and as many as 17 people were shot early Monday.

Three people have been taken into custody.

The shooting comes more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. The shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 left 49 victims dead and 53 others wounded.
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7 a.m.

Officials say two people have been killed and at least 16 wounded in a shooting outside a nightclub in Florida.

Lee Memorial Health System says in a press release that 16 victims ranging in age from 12 to 27 started arriving at the facility around 1:30 a.m. One of those people died at the hospital.

Four people remained at the hospital early Monday, including two in the intensive care unit. All others were treated and released. One person was treated and released at a different hospital.

Police say the area around Club Blu has been deemed safe, and three people have been taken into custody.
The shooting comes more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
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7:25 a.m.

A Florida nightclub says a shooting that left two dead and 16 wounded broke out in the parking lot as parents picked up their children from a party for teens.

Club Blu posted on its Facebook page Monday morning that it was trying to give the teens “what we thought was a safe place to have a good time.” The post from the Fort Myers nightclub says armed security had been posted at the event inside and outside.

The club says the shooting happened as the club was closing.

Hospital officials say the victims range in age from 12 to 27. Four people were still being treated Monday morning.

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7:50 a.m.

Officials say a shooting broke out at a nightclub as parents picked up their kids from a party for teens, leaving two dead and at least 17 wounded.

Cheryl Garn, a spokeswoman for Lee Memorial Health System, says that three people remain hospitalized Monday morning. Garn says the victims range in age from 12 to 27.

Club Blu says on its Facebook page that the shooting broke out as parents picked up their children. The post from the Fort Myers nightclub says armed security had been posted at the event inside and outside.

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9:20 a.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he’s cancelling his scheduled events for the day to meet with officials in Fort Myers, where a nightclub shooting killed two and wounded 17.

In a statement, Scott says he’s spoken with Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Ft. Myers Interim Police Chief Dennis Eads to offer any assistance from the state.

The early Monday shooting at Club Blu happened as parents were picking up their children from a party for teens.

Scott says they will continue to pray for the victims and their families.

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9:30 a.m.

Online state records show the alcohol license for a Fort Myers, Florida, club that was the site of a deadly shooting was revoked June 7.

The records from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation state that Club Blu’s license was revoked due to an incident that occurred a year ago but there are no details available.

The same records also show a complaint was filed in 2014 for “criminal activity” and that the club was given an official notice.

Two people were killed and 17 wounded in a shooting at the club early Monday after the club hosted a swimsuit-themed party for teens. It was not immediately clear what triggered the violence.
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10:20 a.m.

Fort Myers police say the shooting at a nightclub that left two dead was not an act of terrorism.

Police Capt. Jim Mulligan said in a statement that the investigation is active and investigators are working to determine a motive into the shooting at Club Blu.

Authorities also identified the two victims who died as 14-year-old Sean Archilles and 18-year-old Ste’fan Strawder.

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