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Fort Myers mayor’s releases statement on this morning’s shootings

By Staff | Jul 25, 2016

Mayor Randall P. Henderson, Jr. has released a statement concerning this morning’s shootings at Club Blu:

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“We are deeply saddened by the shootings that took place in the City of Fort Myers early this morning. At this time we are still working with law enforcement to gather information on these events. Investigators are working very hard to determine a motive and find answers to questions.

“Our thoughts are foremost with the victims – Shawn Achilles, age 14 and Stef’an Strawder, age 18 – and their families.

“Fort Myers is not immune to crime and unfortunately not spared acts of violence and shootings as other cities across the country have experienced. We have watched events like this unfold too many times, but when it occurs in our city, it hits directly to our hearts.

“The Fort Myers Police Department confirms that this incident is not an act of terror or terrorism.

“I want to thank our local law enforcement the Fort Myers Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office – who responded immediately and were able to apprehend three suspects. It is because of the joint task force between these agencies that was set up last September that they were able to come together so quickly and the suspects are now in custody. This is an example of how this task force has been able to successfully prioritize the health and well-being of our citizens.

“I also want to commend our local medical personnel at Lee Memorial Health System, specifically Lee Memorial Hospital and Cape Coral Hospital for their role in administering to the victims.

“As we have more information, we will make it available to the community.

“If anyone has any information regarding this case they are requested to contact the Fort Myers Police Department at 321-7700. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

“Once again, our hearts and thoughts are with the victims and their families at this time of need.”

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In addition to the two deaths, 17 people were injured with injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening, FMPD reported.

Some of the injured were treated and released before police had the opportunity to speak with them and investigators are asking those individuals to call the department.

“The Fort Myers Police Department has learned that a few of the victims who had sustained minor injuries and were transported to the hospital; were released prior to speaking with law enforcement. It is imperative that all persons who were involved with this incident, come forward so that this incident can be properly documented and statements obtained from all involved,” officials said.