What started as a fun night turned tragic as gunfire broke out at a Florida zombie convention.
Five people were shot, one killed, at the ZombiCon gathering in Fort Myers Saturday night. The shooter managed to disappear into the crowd and escape, the New York Daily News reported.
Crowd size contributed to the chaos that followed the shooting.
“You can imagine with that many people, there was people taking cover, officers were running toward the shots and that’s when we located victims,” Lt. Victor Medico told reporters.
According to CNN, one man died at the scene and four others were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Event organizers expressed grief at the tragedy.
“The organizers of Zombicon, Pushing DaiZies, Inc. are deeply saddened by the news of what happened within the footprint of our event,” they said in a statement. “We take the safety of our patrons very seriously and take precautions in hiring security and police officers for our annual event. Our prayers go out to the family members and individuals involved in the incident.
Video and photos of the event flooded social media Saturday night and captured the bedlam at the scene.
**WARNING – Graphic images.**
“@savannahholdenn: shooting at zombiecon no biggy pic.twitter.com/yLbmLDa2GB” #armyrecruit #marines #warriorup #bullets lossolife #nobiggie
— Pinkor (@Pinkor) October 18, 2015
One dead, four injured in ZombieCon shooting https://t.co/UcqZzQ5mBo — YouTube Newswire (@ytnewswire) October 18, 2015
#BreakingNews Deadly shooting sparks panic at #zombicon event in Fort Myers, Florida #Newdaycnn http://t.co/fv9Y2e4AXY
— New Day (@NewDay) October 18, 2015
ZombiCon shooting: One dead and four injured after gunman opens fire http://t.co/j2TU2OXw8g pic.twitter.com/9YpP9nqX6B — Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) October 18, 2015
1 killed, 4 wounded in Fort Myers #ZombiCon shooting. http://t.co/0eIdRH3nIP pic.twitter.com/iRH6P2jLN5
— 10 News (@WTSP10News) October 18, 2015
1 killed, 4 injured in shooting at ZombiCon, police say. Suspect still at large http://t.co/qY2JVXMpfG pic.twitter.com/0WRPwHeqEB — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 18, 2015
BREAKING, Fort Myers, Florida: At Least 5 Shot, 1 Fatally, Near ZombiCon Event in City’s Downtown, Police Say pic.twitter.com/CjPJeJqW56
— Steve Piper (@St3v3Piper) October 18, 2015
Police: At least two people shot at Zombicon in downtown Fort Myers, Fla. – @MelissaMontoyaO http://t.co/PBjFigfYiO pic.twitter.com/SJOZ7WjI8H — G.Alexander(BRKNEWS) (@MajorNews911) October 18, 2015
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