Mass shooting breaks out at Florida nightclub

  • 25/07/2016
The scene outside Club Blu (Twitter)
The scene outside Club Blu (Twitter)

A mass shooting has broken out at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida - with at least two dead and as many as 16 wounded.

Reports suggest Club Blu was entered by a gunman who opened fire just after 12:30am on Monday morning (local time). Police say shots were fired in the club's car park.

Club Blu is believed to have been holding a 'teen night', so people as young as 13 years old were there and are thought to be among the wounded.

An eyewitness told WTSP that "at least 30 gunshots" rang out from the club, and also claimed there were a number of people involved in the attack.

Local media at the scene have reported seeing at least 20 police cars outside the venue.

A release from the Fort Myers Police Department says they are working to determine the identities of those that died and notify the next of kin.

They say they are also looking into what the motivation behind the shooting was.

Police say a person of interest has been arrested on a nearby street in relation to the attack, while another scene close to Club Blu is also being looked at.

At the second scene, a property and vehicles were shot at and one minor injury was reported. Police believe the incidents at the three scenes may be linked.

Three people have since been detained for questioning and police say the area has been "deemed" safe. Roads in the area remain closed as the investigation continues.

Fox News reporter Malcolm Johnson interviewed Syreeta Gary, whose daughter was at Club Blu when the attack occurred.

"I think thank God my daughter's okay because she could have been shot. She was running, dropping between cars," she said.

"It is ridiculous that kids have to go through this - and they cannot enjoy themselves because you have people with criminalistic minds who want to terrorise people.

"She was running away from bullets so she wouldn't get shot. Her friend got shot in the leg.

"They were running for safety to the apartments and she wasn't too lucky as my daughter. Luckily it's just her leg."

The attack comes less than two months after a shooting in a gay nightclub in Florida that killed 49 people and wounded 53, the deadliest mass shooting in US history.