The Florida Zombie Convention was supposed to be a fun event. It draws an average of 20,000 people each year and many come dressed as zombies to celebrate all the fun of guts and gore. No one imagined that the annual event held in downtown Fort Myers would lead to the death of an innocent man. A shooting at the convention ended with the death of one individual and five more that sustained injuries.
The annual event was moments from closing when the shooting took place. Within minutes of the first shot, police officers did an excellent job of making sure surrounding buildings were empty and they immediately organized a search of the shooter. The victim who was killed in the shooting was a 20-year-old college football player.
As a rule, downtown Fort Myers is not considered to be a dangerous area, but this event has caused fear to ripple through the community and some local citizens want the zombie convention to find a new location. The fact that many of the convention’s “zombie” participants carry fake weapons, including guns that are nearly impossible to tell apart from the real thing, is another cause for concern.
The zombie convention isn’t a new thing. It has been a regular fixture on the Fort Myers event calendar for nearly a decade and has been enjoyed by both participants and local businesses, though some religious groups have picketed the event. This is the first time a serious problem has been connected to ZombieCon.
One good thing that has come from the ZombieCon shooting is that it has caused city officials to reevaluate the need for cameras in downtown Fort Myer. While there had always been an intention to install the cameras, the shooting has moved up the process.
For the past several years, the topic of gun control has been hotly contested throughout the United States, and shooting tragedies like the one at ZombieCon always shine new light on the issue. At this point it’s impossible to say whether or not the average citizen should be allowed to carry a weapon or not. What we do know is that the number of firearm related deaths are 40% lower than they were just 15 years ago.
According to reports, the family of the young adult killed at ZombieCon has filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful death. If you know someone who was killed as a result of a wrongful death, the best thing you can do is contact a NYC wrongful death lawyer about your case. In a situation such as what happened at the Zombie convention in Florida, your NYC wrongful death lawyer will explore how the case was handled, how medical teams responded, and whether or not convention organizers did everything they could to prevent the tragedy. Based on what your NYC wrongful death lawyer discovers, they will advise you as to whether or not you should file a wrongful death lawsuit in memory of your loved one.