CRIME

Nightclub shooting latest for city seeing rise in violence

  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott makes a statement at a news conference in response to a deadly shooting outside the Club Blu nightclub in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday, July 25, 2016. Police said the gunfire, which erupted at a swimsuit-themed party for teens, was not an act of terrorism. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott makes a statement at a news conference in response to a deadly shooting outside the Club Blu nightclub in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday, July 25, 2016. Police said the gunfire, which erupted at a swimsuit-themed party for teens, was not an act of terrorism. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stephanie White, right, holds a photograph of her son Stef'an Strawder during an interview in her home in Lehigh Acres, Fla., Monday, July 25, 2016. Strawder, 18, was killed in the deadly shooting outside the Club Blu nightclub in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday. Police said the gunfire, which erupted at a swimsuit-themed party for teens, was not an act of terrorism. At left is Kasey Jones. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Stephanie White, right, holds a photograph of her son Stef'an Strawder during an interview in her home in Lehigh Acres, Fla., Monday, July 25, 2016. Strawder, 18, was killed in the deadly shooting outside the Club Blu nightclub in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday. Police said the gunfire, which erupted at a swimsuit-themed party for teens, was not an act of terrorism. At left is Kasey Jones. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott responds to a question at a news conference in response to a deadly shooting outside the Club Blu nightclub in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday, July 25, 2016. Police said the gunfire, which erupted at a swimsuit-themed party for teens, was not an act of terrorism. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott responds to a question at a news conference in response to a deadly shooting outside the Club Blu nightclub in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday, July 25, 2016. Police said the gunfire, which erupted at a swimsuit-themed party for teens, was not an act of terrorism. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

In the past year, there have been at least six shootings in the Fort Myers area, a place known more for its stunning Gulf beaches than for gun violence. The latest shooting at a club that was hosting a teen party has residents worried the city may be increasingly unsafe.

A string of shootings started in September, with seven people suffering gunshot wounds during four separate shootings over a seven-hour period. A shooting during a zombie festival in October killed one person and wounded five others. In March, four people survived a shooting at a park.

Crime in Florida has been on the decline, Gov. Rick Scott noted during a news conference Monday.

But while overall crime might be down, violent crime in Lee County for 2015 spiked more than 6 percent compared with the year before.