Nightclub shooting latest for city seeing rise in violence

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — In the past year, there have been at least six shootings in the Fort Myers area, a place known more for its stunning Gulf beaches than for gun violence. The latest shooting at a club that was hosting a teen party has residents worried the city may be increasingly unsafe.

A string of shootings started in September, with seven people suffering gunshot wounds during four separate shootings over a seven-hour period. A shooting during a zombie festival in October killed one person and wounded five others. In March, four people survived a shooting at a park.

Crime in Florida has been on the decline, Gov. Rick Scott noted during a news conference Monday.

But while overall crime might be down, violent crime in Lee County for 2015 spiked more than 6 percent compared with the year before.

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