The summer is growing hot and deadly as another mass shooting has been reported at a Florida nightclub. Police in Fort Meyers, Florida are still processing the crime scene of a Sunday night rampage at Club Blu nightclub that left 17 injured and 2 people dead. Tragically, the victims of the shootings ranged from the ages of 12 to 27. The patrons were at the club for the Swimsuit Glow Party. The event was billed as a teen night and the shooter opened fire as parents were picking up their children.
According to witnesses, as the event was ending around 12:30 a.m, a gunman began spraying the crowd with bullets. People began screaming and diving for cover as a 14-year old child sitting on his mother’s lap was hit as well as the 12-year-old daughter of a club security guard. The gunman fled the building, firing on the crowd as well as people in the parking lot of the strip mall where the club is located. Police say the gunman then opened fire again on a house and car a short distance away from the club. Police apprehended three suspects near a gas station a short distance away from the club shooting.
The club issued the following statement on its 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. 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 az you see it was not kids at the party that did this despicable act.”
This mass shooting comes more than a month after the Pulse nightclub shooting that left 49 patrons dead. Police have not released a motivation for the attack on the club that serves a mostly young Black patrons.