26 Jul 2016

Two killed in shooting in Florida nightclub

5:58 am on 26 July 2016

At least two people have been killed and 16 wounded in a shooting in Florida.

The shooting happened at the Club Blu nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida about 12.30am on Monday (local time).

Three people have been arrested.

A police statement said injuries "ranged from minor to life-threatening" and that a number of people were in hospital.

Local broadcaster WINK said that witnesses at the scene described the club as a "mad house".

Syreeta Gary, whose daughter was at the club, told the local Fox 4 news channel: "I just thank God that my daughter is OK because she could have been shot," adding that, at one point, her daughter was "dodging bullets and running, dropping between cars".

"It's ridiculous that these kids have to go through this, they can't enjoy themselves because you have other people there who have criminalistic minds - they just want to terrorise things. I'm just glad she's OK."

Shots were also fired at a home and a vehicle, where one person suffered a minor injury.

Officers are trying to determine the motive of the shooting.

The shooting comes just a few weeks after another shooting at an Orlando nightclub where 49 people were killed and more than 50 injured.

-BBC / Reuters

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