Just six weeks since the tragic incidents at Orlando, yet another Florida nightclub became the scene of a mass shooting on Monday. During the incident, which happened outside Club Blu Bar and Grill in Fort Myers, at least two were killed and 16 more injured. As of writing, three people had been detained by the authorities for questioning.
Officers in Fort Myers were alerted to the incident on early Monday morning. Upon arriving at the scene at about 1:30 a.m. on Monday, the officers stated that there were already "several victims suffering from gunshot wounds," according to Capt. Jim Mulligan of the Police Department.
"At this time, the scene is still very active as investigators and crime scene personnel attempt to determine what had occurred. The Police Department is attempting to determine a motive for this incident," Capt. Mulligan added.
Club Blu was hosting an indoor "Swimsuit Glow Party" on Sunday night when the shooting happened. What was particularly tragic was the fact that the party was an event for teenagers. During the aftermath of the tragedy, Cheryl Garn, a spokeswoman for Lee Memorial hospital remarked that some of the victims were just 12 to 13 years old.
Tatianna Nouhaioi, one of the people at the Club Blu party, described the incident in an interview with ABC News.
"The kid I was holding in my lap, he was 14-years-old that got shot. And then there was a little girl who also got shot and she was 13. One of the security guard's daughter got shot, so I mean there was kids 13, 14, 15, 16 it was a young kids event," she said.
Syreeta Gary, a parent whose daughter survived the attack, also related the events in an interview with Malcolm Johnson of Fox4, a local news station in Fort Myers. Gary's daughter had been able to avoid being shot, but her friend, who was also at the party, was shot in the leg.
"I just thank God that my daughter is O.K. because she could've been shot. Her dodging bullets, 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 with criminalistic minds, and they just want to terrorize people," Gary stated.
Fort Myers, a popular winter destination, has a population of about 65,000 residents. A full-scale investigation is now ongoing.