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Two dead after shooting at nightclub in Florida

Officials say at least 17 people were wounded in the incident early Monday outside the Fort Myers nightclub, Club Blu, which was holding an event for teenagers.

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2 dead after shooting at nightclub in Florida. Image Source: AP
  • Officials say at least 17 people were wounded in the incident early Monday outside the Fort Myers nightclub, Club Blu, which was holding an event for teenagers
  • The nightclub said the shooting took place around 12:30 a.m. Monday when the venue was closing and parents were picking up their children
  • Florida is also the state where, last month, a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead, once again pushing gun control to the forefront of the 2016 political election season

At least three people have been detained after a shooting at a nightclub in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida that left two people dead.

Shooting took place around 12:30 AM. Image Source: abcnews.go.com
Shooting took place around 12:30 AM. Image Source: abcnews.go.com

The motive for the shooting is not clear, but police said in a statement “this incident was not an act of terror.”

Officials say at least 17 people were wounded in the incident early Monday outside the Fort Myers nightclub, Club Blu, which was holding an event for teenagers. Hospital officials say at least two of the injured are in critical condition. The victims ranged in age from 12-27 years old.

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The nightclub said the shooting took place around 12:30 a.m. Monday when the venue was closing and parents were picking up their children. “We tried to give the teens what we thought was a safe place to have a good time,” the nightclub said on its Facebook page, adding that it had armed security guards posted inside and outside the club.

Police said in a statement they are “actively canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in this incident.”

Police investigates after 2 shot dead in Fort Myers. Image Source: AP
Police investigates after 2 shot dead in Fort Myers. Image Source: AP

Florida is also the state where, last month, a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead, once again pushing gun control to the forefront of the 2016 political election season.

A recent poll says an increasing number of Americans are in favor of tougher gun laws, but are pessimistic lawmakers will do anything soon to bring about changes.

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The Associated Press/GfK poll says Americans do not feel safe and are concerned they or a relative will be victims of gun violence

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Generalized anxiety disorder among teenagers can lead to harmful drinking

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Anxiety among teenagers is associated with harmful drinking. Pixabay

Researchers at the University of Bristol have found evidence of an association between generalised anxiety disorder at age 18 and harmful drinking three years later.

The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence strengthens the evidence for a relationship between anxiety and later alcohol use as the researchers accounted for other factors such as adolescent smoking and cannabis use, and parental anxiety and alcohol use.

“Helping adolescents to develop positive strategies for coping with anxiety, instead of drinking alcohol, may reduce the risk of future harmful drinking. However, we cannot determine if the relationship is causal, because we used an observational study design,” said Maddy Dyer.

Using questionnaire and clinical interview data from more than 2,000 participants, researchers found generalised anxiety disorder at age 18 was linked to frequent drinking, frequent bingeing, hazardous drinking, and harmful drinking at age 18.

Generalised anxiety disorder continued to be associated with harmful drinking at age 21.

Drinking to cope was also strongly associated with more harmful drinking, but it did not appear to influence associations between anxiety and alcohol use.

Harmful drinking was measured using a special test developed by the World Health Association.

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Adolescents with anxiety drink at more harmful levels regardless of whether they tended to drink alcohol for coping reasons or not. Pixabay

On average, adolescents with anxiety drank at more harmful levels regardless of whether they tended to drink alcohol for coping reasons or not.

“Our own research has shown that links between mental health problems, such as anxiety disorders, and alcohol are common and complex,” said Mark Leyshon, Senior Policy and Research Manager at Alcohol Change UK.

For example, anxiety can be both a result of stopping drinking and a risk factor in beginning to drink too much, as this new study suggests.

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“We need more research to help us better understand the connections between alcohol and mental health, as well as high-quality, accessible, integrated support for substance misuse and mental health issues,” Leyshon added. (IANS)