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Latest updates: Two killed, 14 injured in Florida nightclub shooting

The Florida nightclub shooting comes a month after a massacre at a nightclub in the Florida city of Orlando in which a lone gunman killed 49 people in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Live updates (all times IST):

4.32 p.m.: The victims arriving at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers ranged from 12 to 27 years old, according a statement from spokeswoman Cheryl Garn. One victim died at the hospital, she said, while three others were admitted, one of them in critical condition.

4.25 p.m.: Investigators were seeking to determine a motive and the identities of the two people who were killed, the statement said.

4.14 p.m.: Eyewitness Tatianna Nouhaioi, who was at the event when the shooting took place, referred to the atmosphere inside as “under control,” with security guards present. “It was a young teen event. There were kids. The kid I was holding in my lap, he was 14 years old that got shot,” Nouhaioi told ABC News. “And then there was a little girl who also got shot and she was 13. One of the security guard’s daughter got shot, so I mean there were kids 13, 14, 15, 16. It was a young kids event.”

4.13 p.m.: Gunshots at the Parkway Street scene hit property and one person was grazed by a bullet, according to local media WINK.

4.12 p.m.: Both the victims were males, NBC News reported citing the statement.

4.11 p.m.: Police did not disclose how many shots were fired, but at least 30 yellow evidence markers were placed around the front of the establishment, CNN reported.

4.00 p.m: 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.

3.32 p.m.: Police in Fort Myers say the area around a deadly nightclub shooting has been deemed safe. But in an e-mail, police Capt. Jim Mulligan says the street will remain closed as authorities investigate.

3.29 p.m.: The Fort Myers Police Department reported that while two individuals were fatally shot, “at least 14-16” more sustained injuries, according to NBC. A nearby home and vehicles were also shot at, resulting in one minor injury, CBS news reported.

3.24 p.m.: Three people had been detained for questioning, the police said, and the area was “deemed safe” although roads in the vicinity were closed as the investigation continues.

3.11 p.m.: The police further said the injuries at the Club Blu in Fort Myres, Florida ranges from minor to life-threatening.

3.10 p.m.: Fort Myers police seeks to determine motive in nightclub shootings, a statement said.

3.07 pm.: Two more people were detained for questioning in connection with the shootings at the Florida nightclub, said the police.

At least two people were killed and 14 injured in a shooting at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, early on Monday, CNN and local TV reported, citing police.

Local TV stations reported that the club was hosting a teen party at the time. At least one person has been detained.

The shooting comes a month after a massacre at a nightclub in the Florida city of Orlando, in which a lone gunman killed 49 people in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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