Original story: 7/24/16
A shooter struck the Club Blu Bar & Grill, a Fort Myers, Florida night club; two were killed and 17 were injured. The victims were males, 14-year old Sean Archilles and 18-year old Stef’an Strawder. The age of the injured victims range between 12 and 27 years old. The club was hosting a Swimsuit Glow Party for teens on Sunday night. There was no alcohol served at the event.The shooting occurred outside of the club. Investigators are unsure what caused the violence and do not believe it to be an act of terror. Three suspects have been detained and police are searching for more. Source: NBC-2: Latest: Fort Myers Club Blu shooting
Update: 7/26/14: Suspects found
Two of the shooting victims remain in critical condition. The three suspects considered persons of interest in the shooting were seen running from the shooting and, subsequently, charged for fleeing the police. Derrick Church, 19, charged his vehicle toward a police officer. The officer shot him. Church was treated at the hospital then released. Demetrius O’Neal, 19 and Tajze Battle, 22, were charged with resisting law enforcement. Source: Reuters: Two still critical as Florida nightclub shooting investigated
Update: 7/29/16: Suspects face charges
The three suspects, O’Neal, Battle and Church, face charges. Church was arrested for aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing and eluding. His bond was set at $100,000. O’Neal and Battle were charged with resisting arrest. O’Neal’s bond was $5,000 and Battle’s was $3,500. Federal agents arrested 33 year old Jazmin Challana Barron in connection with the shooting. She lied to police about the firearm she purchased that was later used in the club shooting. She was released on $25,000 bond. Source: WCTV: Feds charge woman in connection with nightclub shooting
Update: 8/04/16: Stolen car linked to the shootings found
On July 25, Police found a bullet-riddled 2001 Dodge Intrepid near the club’s location. It was engulfed in flames with a gas can neck and lid beside the car. The fire then spread to a neighboring 2006 VW. The police found two loaded rifles behind a commercial trash bin located in the area. The investigation is ongoing.
The injured victims and families of the shooting victims filed wrongful death lawsuits on August 1st listing IMC Equity Group Management and Maintenance, Inc., Carrell Corners West LLC, and Club Blu Bar & Grill as the defendants. Source: News Press: Stolen car linked to Club Blu burned, shot up: family of Sean Archilles sues
Update: 8/06/16: Funerals held
Funerals were held for Sean Archilles, 14, and Stef’an Strawder, 18, who both died in the shooting attack. Source: NBC 2: Teens killed in Club Blu shooting laid to rest
Update: 8/30/16: Suspect arrested
Police arrested Jadwin Carrion after a raid at a Ft. Myers home. Drugs and weapons were found in the raid and police believe Carrion is connected to the Ft. Myers Club Blu shooting. Carrion’s mother stated her son had nothing to do with the shooting but may know who did the shooting. Source: NBC 2: Woman says son is being wrongly connected to Club Blu shooting
Update: 9/18/16: Suspect tied to shootings arrested on drug charges
A warrant for drugs charges led Lee County deputies to arrest a suspected weapons dealer related to the Club Blu shooting.
George Thompson, 30 of Fort Myers, faces nine charges — four relating to weapons, three relating drugs, and two probation violations.
Deputies, as well as members of the U.S. Marshal Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, arrived at a residence in reference to Thompson’s whereabouts Thursday where he was arrested.
Lee deputies say that Thompson had ties to one of the weapons recovered from the Fort Myers mass shooting that killed two teens and injured several more.
They also say that he’s a suspected weapons supplier to a local gang.
During a search of the home after obtaining a warrant, deputies found 276 grams of marijuana and cocaine, a pistol, two stolen guns, 11 magazines, and numerous calibers of ammunition.
His alleged ties to a weapon used in the Club Blu shooting doesn’t surprise two parents that wish to remain anonymous for this story. Source: NBC 2: Suspect tied to Club Blu shootings arrested on drug charges
Update: 12/02/16: Suspect pleads guilty
A woman whose gun matched bullets found at the scene of the Club Blu shooting in Fort Myers has pleaded guilty.
Court records indicate Jazmin Barron, of Lehigh Acres, filed a guilty plea Friday for the charge of lying while purchasing a gun that was later involved in the shooting.
Sometime between then and the Club Blu shooting on July 25 she either misplaced, lost or had it stolen, Harris said.
The shooting at Club Blu killed 14-year-old Sean Archilles and Stef’An Strawder, 18, in addition to injuring others.
At least one shooter fired a weapon at the crowd, exiting a teen party, at the club on Evans Avenue.
Nobody has been arrested for the Club Blu shootings.
Harris said Barron was unaware her gun was missing until an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive called her about the gun that was found at the scene of the shooting. Source: News Press: Woman connected to Club Blu shooting pleads guilty