A 14-year-old boy and a rising high school basketball star have been murdered and at least 17 more have been wounded in a mass shooting outside a Florida nightclub.
The gunman opened fire in the parking lot hitting children as young as 12 outside Club Blu Bar and Grill, in Fort Myer during a teen disco night shortly after 12:30am.
The two people who were killed are 18-year-old Stef’an Strawder, who attended the party, and 14-year-old Sean Archilles, who was standing on a street corner near the club when the gunman started shooting.
Sean’s father, Jean Robert Archilles was photographed outside the nightclub on Monday morning while he was being told by a Fort Myers victims advocate that his son had been killed.
Mr Archilles was leaning forward and had his head resting on his arm, and appeared to be holding back tears as he learnt the news.
“I don’t know what a 14-year-old can do to someone,” he told News Press, before adding that some of Sean’s friends were also shot.
Emma Decimus, Sean’s aunt, said witnesses told her that her 14-year-old nephew was one of those who had been murdered.