Persons of Interest in Fort Myers, Fla., Club Shooting Identified

Derrick Church, Tajze Battle and Demetrius O'Neal have been identified as persons of interest in the Club Blu shooting in Fort Myers, Fla.

The three individuals who were taken into custody after a shooting at a Fort Myers, Fla., nightclub that was hosting a teen event have been identified by the Lee County Sheriff's Office, WINK reports.

Derrick Church, 19; Demetrius O'Neal, 19; and Tajze Battle, 22, were all booked into the Lee County Jail Tuesday morning, having been identified as persons of interest in the case after officers received a call about two suspicious vehicles near the scene of the shooting.


According to the news station, the occupants of the vehicles seemed to be helping an injured person out of one of the cars near a residential complex. A Fort Myers officer had seen one of the cars described driving out of the parking lot and tried to pull it over, but the car fled, authorities said.

Authorities were finally able to stop the vehicle, but two suspects attempted to flee on foot. A sheriff's deputy exited his vehicle to follow the suspects on foot, but, officials say, Church, who was driving one of the vehicles, accelerated toward the deputy. The deputy fired his weapon in response, hitting Church in the abdomen, officials say, according to WINK.


Church was treated at a hospital and later released and was then arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer and fleeing and eluding. His bond was set at $100,000.

Authorities later tracked down O'Neal and Battle and charged them with resisting without violence. O'Neal's bond was set at $5,000, while Battle's bond was set at $3,500.


“All resources from the sheriff’s office were brought to bear, and we worked seamlessly with the police department in tracking down and apprehending responsible parties within hours of the incident,” Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said in a statement Monday afternoon, according to WINK.

None of the persons of interest have been charged in connection with the shooting.


Read more at WINK.

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