A gunman opened fire at the annual ZombiCon gathering in Fort Myers, Florida, on Saturday night, leaving one person dead and at least four others injured, according to the Fort Myers Police Department.
The deceased victim was identified Sunday as Expavious Tyrell Taylor. According to the News-Press, he was a 20-year-old student at ASA College in Miami.
The shooting unfolded around 11:45 p.m., sending zombie-dressed revelers running through the streets. The four wounded victims were rushed to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, police Lt. Victor Medico told reporters.
As of Sunday morning, the gunman remained on the loose. Police were investigating and urged witnesses to come forward, according to a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page.
The festival also released a statement on Facebook, saying: “The organizers of Zombicon, Pushing DaiZies, Inc. are deeply saddened by the news of what happened within the footprint of our event. 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.”
Zombicon is an annual fundraiser and entertainment festival held on the streets of downtown Fort Myers. The one-day event took place Saturday from 4pm to 12am, with 20,000 people expected to attend.