Authorities: 2 killed, 17 shot at Florida nightclub
A shooting at a Florida nightclub early Monday morning killed two people and wounded as many as 17, police said. The attack apparently occurred at a teen party, billed as a "Swimsuit Glow Party," at Club Blu in Fort Myers, according to local media.
The victims have been identified as 14-year-old Shawn Achilles and 18-year-old Ste'fan Strawder.
Interim Fort Myers Police Chief Dennis Eads says that authorities have three persons of interest in custody and they are looking for others.
The chief said the shooting was not an act of terrorism but he did not release a motive for the shooting.
Around four people remained hospitalized with serious injuries, local station WINK-TV reported. One of the victims was 12 years old, Cherly Garn, a spokeswoman for Lee Memorial Health System, told WINK.
The violence at Club Blu erupted about 12:30 a.m. Monday, according to police. As many as 17 people were shot, and there were two active crime scenes, police said. The streets in the area were closed while police investigated.
The shooting came more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. The shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 left 49 victims dead and 53 others wounded.
Gov. Rick Scott promised the state would do everything it could to help the victims and hold those responsible accountable. He also noted that the shooting happened as the state is seeing a 45-year low in the crime rate.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.