A shooting at Club Blu Bar and Grill on Monday has left two young people dead and several more injured. Police said some victims are still suffering from life-threatening injuries following the deadly shooting.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Monday, Fort Myers Police Department responded to a shooting at 3580 Evans Avenue. The incident occurred in the club’s parking lot, and upon the officers’ arrival, they found a number of victims suffering from gunshot wounds.
All of the said victims were transported to area hospitals by Lee County Emergency Medical Services. Another victim was said to have been found at 2550 Parkway Street with a minor injury.
Later on, the Fort Myers Police Department announced that two victims died from the shooting. These were 14-year old Sean Archilles and 18-year old Stef’an Strawder. According to a report from News Press, Strawder was a high school senior and basketball player at the Lehigh Senior High School. He played as a 5-foot-8 guard who usually led the team’s play and made successful jump shots.
On Monday, Strawder was said to have been at Club Blu with his sister, 19-year-old Sharrelle, who said that Stef’an was shot on the right shoulder. His mother, Stephanie White, said that she had heard her son push his cousin out of the way before getting shot. Sharrelle also suffered a gunshot wound to the leg during the shooting, but her injuries are non-fatal.
After the victims were transported to hospitals, the police department said that the crime scene remained “very active.” According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, they received a call regarding two suspicious vehicles shortly after the shooting. A vehicle pursuit took place with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy conducting a Precision Immobilization Technique to bring the one of the suspicious vehicles to a halt.
As this happened, two suspects decided to flee the scene, while the driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Derrick Church, accelerated towards the Deputy, who fired his handgun at Church, hitting him in the abdomen.
Church was treated and released from the hospital. He has been placed under arrest, facing charges of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Fleeing and Elude. Later on, the two other suspects were located and charged. They were identified as 19-year-old Demetrius O’Neal and 22-year-old Tajze Battle. Both have been charged with Resisting without Violence.
The investigation into the Club Blu shooting continues.
Following the arrest of the suspects, Sheriff Mike Scott issued a brief statement saying, “I am thankful that our brave law-enforcement officers escaped injury, and I am very happy to say that our community is a safer place today with these three bad guys in jail.”