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Florida Shooting: 2 Dead, 17 Injured at Teen Party in Nightclub

Veronica Neffinger | iBelieve Contributor | Monday, July 25, 2016

Florida Shooting: 2 Dead, 17 Injured at Teen Party in Nightclub

A shooting at a Florida nightclub where teens were attending a party has resulted in two deaths and as many as 17 people being injured.

FoxNew.com reports that the shooting occured around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning at Club Blu in Fort Myers. The club was hosting an event for teens advertised as a “Swimsuit Glow Party,” and was meant for teens ages 12 through 17.

Police are still investigating, but they reported that the shooting was “definitely not terrorism.” Instead, it is thought to be gang-related. Five suspects have been detained and the scene has now been declared safe.

There were two victims in the shooting, one being 12-year-old Cherly Garn. 

Club Blu issued a statement following the shooting: "As the club was closing and parents were picking their children up.....that's when all this took place. There was nothing more we could [have] done [as] you see it was not kids at the party that did this despicable act."

“We are deeply sorry for all involved,” the Facebook statement continued. “We tried to give the teens WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS A SAFE PLACE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. Ages 12-17. There was armed security as well as full security, inside and out."

The shooting comes less than two months after the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Forty-nine people were killed in the Orlando shooting which was the deadliest shooting in recent U.S. history.

Publication date: July 25, 2016