UPDATE: According to CNN, police have detained three people in the incident, which took place during what a Facebook flier had advertised as a “Swimsuit Glow Party,” indicating no ID was required to enter the apparently all-ages event. WINK TV reported that the victims were as young as 12 and as old as 27, with four still hospitalized as of press time.
The club posted a statement on Monday morning (July 25):
At least two people have been killed and at least 14 injured in a shooting in the parking lot of a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S. news reports said in the early morning hours of Monday, citing police.
A local NBC TV station and CNN reported that the shooting happened at Club Blu in the city north west of Miami. The Fort Myers Police Department confirmed that two people were fatally shot and “at least 14-16” wounded, it reported.
Gunfire reportedly erupted at or outside the nightclub at about 12:30 a.m. Monday morning. Several reports said the club had put on a “teen night.”
Police are investigating and have not immediately determined a motive for the shooting.
On June 12, a 29-year-old security guard killed 49 people and wounded 53 inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
More to come…