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Fort Myers nightclub shooting sent multiple patients to trauma center

Posted at 8:50 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 20:50:52-04

The gunfire at Club Blu, the Fort Myers nightclub that killed two teens and wounded twenty early Monday morning, sent many victims to the trauma center at Lee Memorial Hospital. 

"There was nothing but teenagers at that night club," said Kayla Alexander, whose nephew, 19-year-old Timothy Settles, was one of the wounded. "It was a teenage event. So for somebody to go in and just shoot there...they knew what it was. So it's very hurtful."

One of the shooting victims died at the hospital, and four more were admitted into the intensive care unit. The others were treated for minor injuries and released.

Settles posted a 3-second video of himself in his hospital bed on Facebook, along with the caption, "I don't want to die." He later posted an update saying, "I'm good y'all, I'm blessed."

At a hospital press conference, Lee Memorial Health officials said that two surgeons were brought in, but that the staff on duty was sufficient to handle the influx of patients in the trauma center, and that they regularly train for mass-casualty incidents.

"We pray to GOd that we never have to use it, but it's here if we need to," said Dr. Drew Mikulascheck.

He told reporters that blood is in chronic short supply, and that operations on gunshot wounds can quickly deplete blood supplies.

"If anyone does feel the need to donate, or would wish to donate blood, we would gladly accept that," Mikulascheck said.

Information about donating blood can be found at LeeMemorial.org