A shooting broke out at a party for teens at a nightclub in southwestern Florida, where two people were shot and at least 16 were wounded early Monday morning.
The two teens killed have been identified as Sean Archilles, 14, and Stef'An Strawder, 18, while the other victims range from ages 12 to 27. Authorities have noted that this instance was not a terrorist attack. Residents of the Fort Myers neighborhood around Club Blu say that the area has been dealing with drug dealing and violence.
Despite the presence of armed security inside and outside the club, the police received calls around 12:30 a.m. Monday, when parents were picking their children up from the party. When cops arrived, they found "several victims sufferring from gunshot wounds."
"The scene is still very active as investigators and crime scene personnel attempt to determine what had occurred," said Capt. Jim Mulligan of the city's Police Department, which he says is attempting to find a motive for the incident.
"We are deeply sorry to all involved," the club said in a Facebook post. "We tried to give the teens what we thought was a safe space to have a good time." The club also confirmed that none of the teens was involved in the shooting.
This attack hits particularly close to home, with the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando a little over a month ago. The discussions in Congress continue as Democrats try to push for gun control in the United States.