2 Dead - Including High School Basketball Star - and 17 Wounded In Teen Nightclub Shooting
At least two people were killed and more than a dozen injured overnight in a shooting at a Florida nightclub on teen night.
Club Blu in Ft. Myers was hosting a teen night when someone opened fire as parents came to pick up their kids, aome of which as young as 12 year old.
Among those who were fatally shot was high school basketball star Stef'an Strawder, according to local reports.
Strawder's sister told the News-Press that the teen's 19-year-old sister was among the wounded.
Strawder was a rising senior at Lehigh Senior High School.
The other victim was a 14-year-old boy named Shawn Achilles, according to a Ft. Myers police statement.
I'm Glad God Blessed Me With This Talent In Basketball Now I Just Got To Push Harder @Hoopsonmission— Stefan Strawder (@stefan_strawder) January 24, 2016
In addition to the dead, at least 17 people were injured in the shooting. Officials said the injured victims ranged in age from 12 to 27.
As of Monday morning, three people remained hospitalized.
Police arrested three people and since said the area is safe, according to police Capt. Jim Mulligan. He did not say what started the mayhem.
However, the club posted a statement on the tragedy to Facebook in which they said the children were not behind the shooting.
"We are deeply sorry for all involved. We tried to give the teens WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS A SAFE PLACE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME," the post read. "There was armed security as well as full security, inside and out. As the club was closing and parents were picking their children up.....that's when all this took place."
Police said there were two crime scenes at one point. In addition to Club Blu, one house and a few cars were shot at in connection to the shooting, according to WINK.
Authorities have not yet identified the suspects. They do not believe there is any connection to terrorism.
The tragedy comes a little over a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando became the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.