Two people were killed and at least 15 were injured during a shooting outside a Fort Myers, Florida nightclub Sunday, the second deadly nightclub shooting in the state in six weeks. The latest incident occurred at Club Blu during what was advertised at a “No ID” Swimsuit Glow Party geared towards teenagers. Victims in the shooting ranged from 12 years old to 27, CNN reports.
The gunshots rang out just after midnight in the parking lot outside Club Blu, Fort Myers police department said in a statement. When police arrived, they encountered several victims suffering from gunshot wounds that ranged from “minor to life threatening.” All victims were transported to nearby hospitals.
“We are deeply sorry for all involved,” Club Blu wrote in a Facebook statement. “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 [sic] done az [sic] you see it was not kids at the party that did this despicable act. Our condolences to all parties involved.”
Club Blu has since updated their Facebook page to remove the Swimsuit Glow Party’s flyer, which read simply “No ID” as opposed to a party for 12-to-17-year-olds. In recent weeks, the restaurant/lounge has also hosted a “Playboy Party” and a “Girls Gone Wild: No Panties Edition” event.
While police have yet to release the victims’ name, the family of a 14-year-old boy confirmed to the Fort Myers News-Press that the boy, their nephew, had been killed in the shooting.
A “person of interest” and two other people were apprehended and detained for questioning in the shooting. While police are still investigating the incident, authorities told Fox News that the shooting was “definitely not terrorism” and likely gang-related. A resident of the neighborhood where Club Blu is located told the New York Times that drug dealing and shootings mar the area.
The Club Blu shooting comes six weeks after the June 12th massacre at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, a terrorist attack that killed 49 people and wounded another 53 to become the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.