1 dead after shooting at Florida zombie festival

One man was killed and six injured at a zombie festival in Fort Myers, Florida
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Police in Fort Myers, Florida, say that Expavious Tyrell Taylor, 20, was shot dead at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday night and five others were wounded when an unknown gunmen fired into a street crowded with costumed revelers from a local annual zombie festival, ZombiCon. One of the five people wounded in the attack declined medical care and the other four were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening in juries. Police Lt. Victor Medico said Sunday that law enforcement would welcome any leads. "There were a lot of witnesses down here, there were a lot of people taking pictures, videos with their cellphone," Medico told the Fort Myers News-Press. "Anything that could help with this investigation would be greatly appreciated."

Taylor, a promising football player at a Miami junior college, was home from school and out with girlfriend Jasmine Gaure, Gaure told the News-Press. He was wearing a creepy clown mask, but they hadn't been in the area for more than 45 minutes and they'd had no confrontation with anyone, she added. Taylor had wanted to be a mortician, Gaure said, and had a job at a funeral home, where he helped prepare bodies for burial. He had already lost his mother, father, grandmother, and a child who died at birth, according to his older sister, Amanda Andrews. You can watch some raw video from the aftermath of the shooting below. Peter Weber

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Peter Weber

Peter Weber is a senior editor at TheWeek.com, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band. Follow him on Twitter.