UPDATE: 10:15 a.m. ET: The Fort Myers Police Department identified the two victims via Twitter on Monday morning as Sean Archilles, 14, and Ste’fan Strawder, 18.
Original story below:
Two people are dead and at least 16 injured following a nightclub shooting in Fort Myers, Florida, on Monday, July 25.
According to the New York Times, authorities responded to the incident at Club Blu around 12:30 a.m., and found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The club was reportedly hosting a "swimsuit glow party" indoors with live performances on Sunday night.
"[At] this time, the scene is still very active as investigators and crime scene personnel attempt to determine what had occurred,” Captain Jim Mulligan of the Fort Myers Police Department said in a statement. "The Police Department is attempting to determine a motive for this incident."
Many of the wounded arrived at Lee Memorial Health System around 1:30 a.m. for treatment. The victims ranged from 12 to 27 years old because the party was reportedly for a young crowd. "Sixteen people were treated in the trauma center and emergency department," Cheryl Garn, a hospital spokesperson, said in a statement, via The New York Times.
Three people have been detained for questioning as the investigation continues to develop.
Club Blu has since released a statement on its official Facebook page. "We are deeply sorry for all involved. We tried to give the teens WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS A SAFE PLACE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. Ages 12-17," the statement reads. "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 done [as] you see it was not kids at the party that did this despicable act."
The tragedy comes six weeks after gunman Omar Seddique Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 others at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, on June 12. The incident was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
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