Just a little over a month after the tragic Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando, Fla., another mass shooting has occurred in the sunshine state.
Around 12:30 a.m. on Monday, shots rang out in the parking lot of Club Blu in Fort Myers, Fla. On Sunday evening, the club hosted a teen Swimsuit Glow Party, which attracted partygoers between the ages of 12 and 17. The shooting occurred after the party had ended and the teens were being picked up by parents.
Afterward, the Fort Myers police department released a statement confirming that the shooting resulted in the death of two people, and at least 16 people remain injured. Local news outlets reported that one of the deceased victims was 18-year-old Stefan Strawder.
Strawder was a student and basketball player at Lehigh Senior High School. He died at Lee Memorial Hospital while being treated for his injuries. Shortly before the shooting took place, Strawder posted on his Facebook, “I'm thinking about going to this party, who all going?”
The other victims were also taken to Lee Memorial, which treated victims between the ages of 12 and 27.
Syreeta Gary is a parent of one of the surviving attendees of the party. She told reporters, “I just thank God that my daughter is OK because she could have been shot.” During the shooting, her daughter had to dodge bullets and hide behind parked cars.
After the shooting, the police detained three suspects; however, details about motive are still being investigated. Police are looking into whether the shooting is connected to two other shootings that occurred in the area.
Fort Myers police continue to search for any suspects who may still be at large.
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