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Authorities: 2 killed, 17 shot at Florida nightclub

6 years 10 months 4 days ago Monday, July 25 2016 Jul 25, 2016 July 25, 2016 4:34 AM July 25, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: Andrea Melendez/news-press.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Officials say two people have been killed and at least 17 wounded in a shooting outside a nightclub in Florida early Monday morning.

Lee Memorial Health System says in a press release that 16 victims ranging in age from 12 to 27 started arriving at the facility around 1:30 a.m. One of those people died at the hospital.

The shooting broked out in the parking lot of Club Blu, where parents were picking up their children from a party for teenagers.

Club Blu posted on its Facebook page Monday morning that it was trying to give the teens "what we thought was a safe place to have a good time." The post from the Fort Myers nightclub says armed security had been posted at the event inside and outside.

Four people remained at the hospital early Monday, including two in the intensive care unit. All others were treated and released. One person was treated and released at a different hospital.

Police say the area around Club Blu has been deemed safe, and three people have been taken into custody.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he's cancelling his scheduled events for the day to meet with officials in Fort Myers. He has spoken to Mayor Randy Henderson, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Interim Police Chief Dennis Eads to offer any assistance from the state.

The shooting comes more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

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