Six weeks after America’s deadliest mass shooting, another Florida nightclub comes under attack

shooting{BNN Online/MIAMI, Florida} – In yet another mass shootout at a nightclub in southwestern Florida, two teenagers, said to be aged between 14 and 16 years have reportedly been killed while 16 others were injured after an armed gunman opened fire in the parking lot of Club Blu in Fort Myers.

The incident occurred merely three miles from the City Hall at the club on Evans Avenue and the Fort Myers police department that rushed to the scene released a brief statement claiming that “several victims (were) suffering from gunshot wounds.”

Local reports claimed that the nightclub was hosting an indoor swimsuit glow party with live performances for teenagers, thereby drawing a huge crowd.

Lt. Jim Mulligan of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office informed the media that an armed gunman opened fire at the club’s parking lot at 12.30 am on Monday morning.

Mulligan had said in the initiate statement, “At this time, the scene is still very active as investigators and crime scene personnel attempt to determine what had occurred. The Police Department is attempting to determine a motive for this incident.”

Cheryl Garn, a spokesperson at the Lee Memorial Hospital said in a statement that the victims were aged between 12 and 27 years.

Garn added, “Sixteen people were treated in the trauma center and emergency department. One victim expired at the hospital. Another shooting victim was treated at Cape Coral Hospital and released.”

Four of the victims are being treated at the hospital after suffering critical injuries.

Police said that three people had been detained for questioning and within a few hours after the shootout, the area was “deemed safe.”

Roads around the club, however, remained closed for a forensic investigation.

Meanwhile, some reports pointed out that authorities were also searching two other locations in the city where gunshots had been reported.

A location on Parkway Street was being investigated after shots were reportedly fired at a house and on several vehicles, and at another location on Ortiz Avenue, three people were detained for questioning.

Mulligan is said to have added that the police department, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, were “actively canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in this incident.”

This second attack at a nightclub in Florida has come just over a month after what came to be known as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S.

On June 12, a lone gunman, who had pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group, Omar Mateen led a massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, leaving 49 people dead and 53 others injured.

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