Gunfire broke out at a Fort Myers, Florida nightclub in the early hours of Monday morning. The shooting took place at the Club Blu Bar and Grill, which was hosting a teen night.
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There’s little information to work with at this early point. The motive of the shooter or shooters is unknown. It is unknown how many shooters were involved, though police have reportedly detained three people.
Witnesses estimate that the shooting took place over a period of ten minutes and report as many as 30 shots fired. There are accounts of at as many as 36 yellow evidence markers on the ground at the scene.
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The victims of the shooting range in age from 12 to 27, and the police are reporting that the suspects detained are all adults. Several of the victims that have been transferred to a local hospital are reportedly in critical condition.
The age of the victims at the nightclub comes from the venue’s opening its doors for an all night “Swimsuit Glow Party.” The all-ages event was meant to attack teenagers. Many who took to social media immediately following the shooting were in that 17-18 range.
As of now, authorities are not treating this as a terrorist attack. The street where the club is remains closed, but they’d deemed the area safe. One of the suspects in custody was reportedly involved in a separate incident at a local residence earlier that evening.
This all comes just over a month after the worst mass-shooting in United States history–an attack on a nightclub that was, without a doubt, both terrorism and a hate crime.
“We are deeply sorry for all involved,” Club Blu posted on Facebook on Monday morning. “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.”