Two people are dead and three remain hospitalized after nearly 20 people were shot at a nightclub early Monday morning.
Ste’fan Strawder, an 18-year-old star basketball player for Lehigh Senior High School, is one of the two people killed, WINK News has learned. The other is a 14-year-old named Sean Archilles, a source told WINK News.
Strawder posted on Facebook shortly before going to the nightclub teen party where the shooting took place: I’m Thinking About Going To This Party Who All Going?
The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. at Club Blu, 3580 Evans Ave. Victims as young as 12 and as old as 27 were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital:
- 16 people were treated in the trauma center and emergency department.
- One person died at the hospital. The other died at the scene.
- Two are in the intensive care unit – One in serious condition and the other in critical condition.
- One person is in fair condition.
- One person was taken to Cape Coral Hospital.
- The other victims were treated and released.
No link connecting the shooting to terrorism has emerged, Fort Myers interim police chief Dennis Eads told WINK News.
Two suspects were detained before 5:30 a.m. on Ortiz Avenue between Luckett and Ballard roads, Fort Myers Police Department Capt. Jim Mulligan said, and at least three people are currently in custody, police later confirmed.
The weapons used have been recovered, Fort Myers mayor Randy Henderson said at a City Council meeting Monday.
Authorities were also on the 2500 block of Parkway Street where at least one house and a few cars were shot at in connection with the nightclub shooting.
Henderson called the situation “heartbreaking” and called it a crime of spontaneous behavior that would have been difficult for law enforcement to prevent. Facebook tips are helping, Henderson said.
“As this kind of activity continues to emerge across our state and the nation and indeed the world, we remain ever mindful of the fact that we’ve got to do better in protecting citizens,” Henderson said. “So you’re going to see a substantial continued effort in that regard.”
The federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting the Fort Myers Police Department with the investigation, WINK News has learned. The FBI is also standing by.
Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi said Monday they would be in Fort Myers.
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SOURCE: WINK News