1 Dead, 4 Hurt in Shooting at Florida ‘ZombiCon’

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Mitchell Tucker drifts along as a zombie past members of the Team Jesus Preachers as they speak against the actions of Zombicon 9 in Downtown Fort Myers on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The event brought thousands of people in costumes as well as music, food, and other zombie related events. (Scott McIntyre/Staff)
Mitchell Tucker drifts along as a zombie past members of the Team Jesus Preachers as they speak against the actions of Zombicon 9 in Downtown Fort Myers on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The event brought thousands of people in costumes as well as music, food, and other zombie related events. (Scott McIntyre/Staff)

From NBC News-by and

One person died and four others were hurt after shooting broke out at a zombie-themed event in Florida Saturday, authorities said.

18996727-mmmainThe shooting happened at about 11:44 p.m. in downtown Fort Myers at a “ZombiCon” event, Fort Myers police said.

“I heard four gun shots and saw the crowd 10 feet in front of me part, and everyone turn and start running,” Desere Lee, a student at Florida Gulf State University who was at the event, told NBC News.

 

 

Five people in all were shot, police said, and a male died at the scene, police said. The four surviving victims were described as having non life threatening injuries. A suspect is still at large, they said.

The organizers of the event, billed as “the largest gathering of zombies and those who love them in the state of Florida” said they were “deeply saddened” by the violence.

ZombiCon is a charity event where participants dress up as zombies. It wasn’t clear if the shooting involved participants of the event, but organizers said it occurred “within the footprint” of ZombiCon.

“We take the safety of our patrons very seriously and take precautions in hiring security and police officers for our annual event,” the organizers, Pushing DaiZies, Inc., said in a statement posted to Facebook. “Our prayers go out to the family members and individuals involved in the incident.”