One month after the tragic Orlando nightclub deaths, which have since been swept away by a series of increasingly more escalating, disturbing and deadly mass shooting assaults in Europe, moments ago newswires reported that at least two people were killed and "at least 14-16" wounded during in a shooting at a Florida nightclub, police said early Monday. According to NBC, the incident happened during a "teen night" in the parking lot of Club Blu in Fort Myers at around 12:30 a.m. ET.
Of the 16 people taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, one died after being admitted and two others were in the intensive-care unit as of early Monday. One other person was confirmed killed in the incident, according to police.
The victims were aged between 12 and 27, hospital spokeswoman Cheryl Garn said in a statement. NBC station WBBH reported that both of those killed were male. Shots were also fired — lightly injuring another person — five blocks away from the nightclub, police said.
Shots were also fired — lightly injuring another person — five blocks away from the nightclub, police said.
The scene has been described as “a mad house” and there have been reports of gunshots as people were exiting the nightclub, according to Wink News, a television station based in Fort Myers. Another witness says that she heard around 30 gunshots from the scene and believes that these came from a number of weapons.
According to NBC, police say that the scene is still active and they are searching for suspects in two locations in the city. A total of three people have been detained in connection with the nightclub shooting, while police say they are trying to determine a motive for the shooting in the parking lot.
Earlier, officers said three people left the scene in a car with two later fleeing the vehicle, according to WBBH reporter Gabrielle Shirley. Shirley reported that "a big crowd of people scattered everywhere taking cover" when the gunshots rang out.
She added that an employee at the club was too shocked to speak. "He was just shaking his head, and through tears giving me the indication again that this is a very, very traumatic experience here, he could not even form words," Shirley added.
Before detaining the trio, authorities said the Fort Myers Police Department and Lee County Sheriff's Office were "actively canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in this incident."
According to Lt. Jim Mulligan of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office two people have been killed, while as many as 17 people have been injured.
Onlookers said they could see people screaming, while others were being taken away in ambulances. One man said one of his friends was at the club when the shooting took place.
“I called and couldn’t get a hold of them, I rushed to Blu scared when I arrived I got one of them and he said that the shooter took off and the cops where chasing him,” he wrote on Facebook, as cited by Wink News.
“It was a mad house people were running everywhere. All people were saying was their friends’ names to see if they’re okay — a lot of phone calls to parents,” he wrote. “But it was one of the scariest sights to just see people come pouring out like that.”