FORT MYERS, FL – It was a tragic case of déjà vu for the state of Florida following another night club shooting. This time in Fort Myers.
Two teenagers are dead and another 17 are injured after a shooting rampage began while parents were picking up their kids at Club Blu. The event was billed as a Swimsuit Glow Party for all ages.
“The first thing you think about is, as a parent or grandparent, you know what the feeling would be like, you can't imagine this happening to any family," Florida Governor Rick Scott said.
The youngest victims are only 12. The two dead have been identified as Sean Achilles, 14, and Ste’fan Strawder, 18.
Two other victims remain hospitalized in critical condition.
Police said this is definitely not the work of terrorists, but they don`t have a motive, either. They've detained three adults in connection and are searching for others who may be involved.
The party was for teens, but online state records show Club Blu`s alcohol license was revoked in early June.
"We are deeply sorry for all involved," the club posted on Facebook. "We tried to give the teens what we thought was a safe place to have a good time.
Club managers assured parents armed security, as well as full security, was present inside and out of the club when the shooting occurred.
"I just thank God that my daughter is okay,” mother Syreeta Gary said. “She could have been shot — her dodging bullets and running, dropping between cars."