2 dead, 17 hurt in shooting at teen party in Florida nightclub

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July 25, 2016 – Two people were killed and as many as 17 – one just 12 years old – wounded when gunfire erupted at a teen swimsuit party at a southwest Florida nightclub early Monday, according to reports.

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Police have named the victims as 14-year-old Shawn Archilles and local high school basketball star Ste’fan Strawder, 18 have reportedly been killed after a mass shooting broke out in the early hours of the morning at Club Blu in Fort Myers, where dozens of children were caught up in the terrifying violence.

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The party was advertised on a flyer posted to Club Blu’s Facebook page. (The flyer was subsequently removed.)

Free glow kits and beach toys were handed out at the door to celebrate “Vonte Birthday Bash,” and no ID was required. The flyer also advertised live performances by five entertainers and a DJ.

At the top of the club’s Facebook page, Club Blu describes itself as restaurant and lounge with “New Orleans Style Soulfood.” However, an earlier version of the page advertised a “no panties night,” saying that women without underwear would be admitted free. According to local reports, the “Girls Gone Wild. No Panties Edition” was held a week before the “swimsuit glow party.”




 
Aside from the horrific shooting at Club Blu, two other locations in the surrounding area are covered in police evidence markers indicating shell casings on the ground, according to Fox4Now.

It is unclear whether the three incidents are connected.

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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.

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. They said Monday that the violence was not an act of terror.

Witnesses say a black Honda SUV was shooting at homes at the third location at around 3 am local time.

Investigators have sectioned off a large area of the mall around Club Blu and have yet to give an official statement.

It is unclear whether the three incidents are connected.

Witnesses say a black Honda SUV was shooting at homes at the third location at around 3 am local time.

Shots were also fired — lightly injuring another person — five blocks away from the nightclub, police said. That crime scene was one of three related to the same shooting, WBBH reported.

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.”

Investigators have sectioned off a large area of the mall around Club Blu and have yet to give an official statement.

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At least 17 people were hurt, said Lisa Sgarlata, the Chief Administration Officer of Lee Memorial Hospital, where 16 people sought treatment. Sgarlata said many were released from the hospital quickly, and only four remained hospitalized late Monday morning. Two were in fair condition and two were in critical condition.

The victims were aged between 12 and 27.
 
Credit http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/07/25/florida-club-shooting-teen-night/87518168/

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