An investigator walks near the scene of Monday's shooting in Fort Myers.
An investigator walks near the scene of Monday’s shooting in Fort Myers.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — At least two people were killed and more than a dozen others injured after a shooting outside a Florida nightclub hosting an event for teens Sunday night, officials said early Monday.

The gunfire erupted just as parents and family members were picking up their kids from Club Blu in Fort Myers, where the “no ID required” party had just concluded.

Some of the victims were as young as 12 years old, officials said. The two young men who died were identified by Fort Myers police on Monday as Ste’fan Strawder, 18, and Sean Archilles, 14.

“We are deeply sorry for all involved,” Club Blu said in a Facebook post. “We tried to give the teens what we thought was a safe place to have a good time.”

The club said after the incident that there had been armed security at the event for children between the ages of 12 and 17, adding there “was nothing more we could have done.” Although police did not immediately give information about the identity of the suspects, the club said that “it was not kids at the party that did this despicable act.”

Police said officers responded to the parking lot of Club Blu around 12:30 a.m. to find multiple people suffering from gunshot wounds ranging from minor to life-threatening. They added Monday that the incident was not being classified as an act of terror.

At least 18 people were hurt, according to Lisa Sgarlata, the Chief Administration Officer of Lee Memorial Hospital, where 16 people sought treatment. She said many of the victims were released from the hospital quickly, and only four remained hospitalized as of late Monday morning. Two were in fair condition and another two remain in critical condition.

The victims were aged between 12 and 27.

“This is not something we’re used to — not in this type of volume by any stretch,” said Lee Memorial trauma surgeon Dr. Andrew W. Mikulaschek. “I have been here 17 years … in terms of gunshot wound victims, this is the worse I’ve ever seen.”

In a separate incident five blocks away from the nightclub, shots were also fired resulting in another person being lightly injured. That crime scene was one of three related to the same shooting, according to the local news network WBBH.

Three people were detained for questioning on Monday, police said they are still looking for more suspects. They asked that any victims who left the hospital before speaking with police come forward to share any information they have.

Gov. Rick Scott vowed that the shooter or shooters would be brought to justice, calling the incident “horrible, tragic news.”

“The first thing you think about is as a parent or grandparent, you can’t imagine this happening to any family,” he said.

Earlier, officers said three people were seen fleeing the scene in a car, with two later ditching the vehicle, according to WBBH reporter Gabrielle Shirley.

Shirley reported that “a big crowd of people scattered everywhere taking cover” when the gunshots rang out.

She added that an employee at the club was too shocked to speak. “He was just shaking his head, and through tears giving me the indication again that this is a very, very traumatic experience here, he could not even form words,” Shirley added.

As of Monday, detectives are yet to determine a motive for the incident. It comes a little over a month after the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead, which has been classified as the deadliest mass-shooting in modern U.S. history.