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Authorities: 2 killed, 17 shot at Florida nightclub

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A shooting at a Florida nightclub early Monday morning killed two people and wounded as many as 17, police said. The attack apparently occurred at a teen party, billed as a “Swimsuit Glow Party,” at Club Blu in Fort Myers, according to local media.

Police detained three people and said the area around the club had been deemed safe, police Capt. Jim Mulligan said in a statement. Four people remained hospitalized with serious injuries, local station WINK-TV reported. One of the victims was 12 years old, Cherly Garn, a spokeswoman for Lee Memorial Health System, told WINK.

The shooting comes more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. The shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 left 49 victims dead and 53 others wounded.

The violence at Club Blu erupted about 12:30 a.m. Monday, Mulligan said. As many as 17 people were shot, and there were two active crime scenes, police said. Several hours later a street in the area remained closed as police investigated.

The area was later deemed safe, but Mulligan said a street was still closed as authorities investigated.

In a statement, authorities said the Fort Myers police and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office were “actively canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in this incident.”

The names of the victims were not immediately available.

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