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    One dead, five injured in reported shooting at ZombiCon in Florida

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    4:56pm October 18, 2015


    At least one person has reportedly died and five have been injured at a shooting at a zombie festival in Florida.

    The Fort Myers Police Department said the shooting occurred around 11.45pm Saturday night local time in downtown Fort Myers, reports News Press.

    A large police presence remains at the scene and attendees have been told the event has been shut down.

    A suspect is reportedly on the run.



    Images on social media showed police clashing with festival attendees in downtown Fort Myers. (Twitter - @rebAReis)


    Video footage shows dozens of people running and screaming, as well as what appears to be festival attendees clashing with police.

    One witness said she heard at least three muffled gun shots.

    "Then everyone started running," Sam Kirby told Naples News.

    The shooting occurred as the festival was concluding for the night.



    The street festival includes live music, art displays and food vendors. (Facebook)


    ZombiCon describes itself as a "massive zombie-themed charity street festival" on the event's official website.

    The festival posted a message on their official Facebook page and said they were "deeply saddened" by the incident.

    "The organizers of ZombiCon, Pushing DaiZies, Inc. are deeply saddened by the news of what happened within the footprint of our event," the message read.

    "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."

    This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it comes to hand.

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    Bedlam, death rock Florida ZombiCon fest

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    Melissa Montoya, Ben Brasch, The News-Press, and John Bacon 14 hrs ago


    A manhunt was underway Sunday after a shooting rampage at a zombie-themed festival left one person dead, four wounded and pandemonium on downtown streets.

    The four wounded victims at ZombiCon on Saturday night were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to police Lt. Victor Medico. ZombiCon, an annual event in its ninth year, was expected to draw more than 20,000 people.

    There were "a lot of witnesses down here, there were a lot of people taking pictures, videos with their cellphone," Medico said. "Anything that could help with this investigation would be greatly appreciated."

    The shots began at 11:45 p.m., he said. Chaos reigned as crowds from ZombiCon raced through De Leon Plaza.

    "We didn't know if it was real or fake," Haley Delmonte of Naples told WBBH-TV. "Heard gunshots right in front of me. Saw people running and my mind was everywhere. It was so scary. We ran, then we were like wait... was that real?"

    Pushing DaiZies, Inc., organizers of the event, published a statement on Facebook expressing sadness for "what happened within the footprint" of their festival.


    Courtesy of Fort Myers Police Department via Facebook Police cars block off an area of downtown Fort Myers, Florida, on October 18, 2015, after shots were fired during the ZombiCon event.


    "We take the safety of our patrons very seriously and take precautions in hiring security and police officers," the statement said. "Our prayers go out to the family members and individuals involved in the incident."

    Skye Tobias commented on the post, saying she was near the gunfire.

    "Heard gunshots right in front of me," Tobias said. "Saw people running and my mind was everywhere. It was so scary."

    Some patrons of the event questioned the security measures.

    "They patted me down and weren't going to let me bring fake handcuffs in but they let some guy walk in with a gun?! Just stupid," commented Joelle Faith Filippone-Greaves.

    Minutes after the shooting, police strung crime scene tape across the entrance to the plaza and started clearing bars and downtown streets. Officers with rifles patrolled the streets around the crime scene and ordered people milling around to clear the area.

    The Lee County Sheriff's Office set up a command center nearby and deputies assisted Fort Myers police officers in dispersing the ZombiCon crowd.

    Bacon reported from McLean, Va. ​Contributing: Michael Braun, The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press

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