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Florida shooting: Two people dead and 15 injured at Club Blu nightclub, reports

Published 25/07/2016

Florida police reported that two people were killed at a nightclub
Florida police reported that two people were killed at a nightclub

At least two people have been killed and 15 others injured in a shooting at a Florida nightclub.

Captain Jim Mulligan of the Fort Myers Police Department said as many as 17 people have been shot in the shooting early on Monday at Club Blu.

It is understood the gunshots were fired in the carpark of Club Blu.

Captain Mulligan said three people have been taken into custody and there are two active crime scenes.

The shooting comes six weeks after a massacre at a nightclub in the Florida city of Orlando, in which a lone gunman killed 49 people in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The area was later deemed safe, but Captain Mulligan said a street was still closed as authorities investigated.

Authorities said the Fort Myers police and the Lee County Sheriff's Office were canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in the incident.

NBC Station WBBH say the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning.

"There was a shooting, multiple shooting, 17 people shot and at least two people are dead this morning. It happened at 1am this morning in Club Blu," a reporter told the news station.

"Witnesses say they heard 30, 40, 50 gunshots at Club Blu."

"The Fort Myers Police Department and Lee County Sheriff's Office are actively canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in this incident," a statement from police said.

"At this time the scene is still very active as investigators and crime scene personnel attempt to determine what occurred."

Local television reported that the club was hosting a "teen night."

The names of the victims were not immediately available.

Two other shootings were reported in the Fort Myers area overnight but it is unclear as to whether the incidents were connected.

Source Irish Independent

Irish Independent

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