Neighborhood teens talk about living next to Club Blu

Posted at 11:52 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 07:02:01-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The shooting at Club Blu Monday morning killed two male teenagers and wounded 20 other people. Neighborhood teenagers Fox 4 News spoke to say none of this violence is really a surprise.

Many of them feel it was probably "retribution", one group avenging another.

Some of the kids say, this isn't the first time the parking lot has been the site for gunfire and violence.  17-year-old Angel Escobar says she stopped going to teen night at Club Blu.

A few months back, she went to a graduation party there for her cousin.  "We threw a graduation party here and they started shooting. Not inside, but outside, the parking lot. I was so fearful. We ran out the back door."

Early Monday morning, looking at the scene at the apartment complex from across the street, George Menituchi says none of this should surprise anyone.  "Welcome to Fort Myers."

Some witnesses say that "welcome" was for a female rapper who was performing.  Some of the boys in the audience were kicked out of the club for being disruptive.

Witnesses say they came back and unloaded their guns on the crowd at closing time.

Many think, this type of crime is all about getting even.  "That plays the biggest factor here, because someone feels 'I have to go back and get that person' for doing what they did to my family member or my friend. Retaliation is the only reason, I know it is," says Escobar.

Whatever the reason, young people living there are exhausted by the violence.

"It just keeps happening. It scares me. You just get worried," says Vivian Rodriguez.