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Search continues for Zombicon shooter in Florida

Police were searching Monday for a man who opened fire at a Florida weekend event celebrating zombie pop culture, killing one person, injuring six others and sending thousands of attendees scrambling for cover, according to a police spokesman.

“We’ve gotten numerous tips,” Fort Myers police chief, Dennis Eads told a press conference. “We have several leads that we are following right now … I’m very confident we’ll find out who did this.”

The suspect was described by police as a male in his late teens or early20s, dressed in a black T-shirt and a flat-billed black and red baseball cap, police said.

The suspect was seen firing a black semi-automatic handgun before fleeing the scene, police said.

Revelers were out late Saturday evening for the annual Zombicon community fundraising event when gun shots rang out as costumed festivity goers ran through the streets of downtown Fort Myers, creating confusion over who was hurt due to zombie props, fake blood and wounds.

Fort Myers Police Department identified the dead victim as Expavious Tyrell Taylor, 20, of Okeechobee, Florida. Taylor was described by friends in local media as an avid football player who was a student in the Miami area.

All six wounded persons suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Lieutenant Victor Medico with Fort Myers police.

Modern family: Lesbian couple planning birthdays of two sets of twins

Same-sex couple Laura Cavin and Sheri Green each conceived twins from the same set of eggs and anonymous donor sperm through in vitro fertilization.

All four children – Brianna, Derrick, Anthony and Cason – were conceived on the same day and technically are quadruplets, even though the two sets of children were born two weeks apart.

The women, wanting to have children, are patients of Dr. Craig Sweet, a reproductive endocrinologist and medical director of Specialists in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery in Fort Myers, Fla.

At the time, Green was almost 35 and Cavin was 24.

They decided Green, who wanted biological children, would provide her eggs and Cavin, who wanted to experience pregnancy, would carry the child.

Though Cavin conceived identical twins from the transfer of a single embryo that split, the first attempt ended at 24 weeks gestation because of a rare condition of twin-to-twin transfusion, where one twin was not getting enough blood while the other was getting too much.

The couple went back to Sweet, who was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Shorewood, Wis., to try another time.

Again, Green produced an abundance of eggs and high quality embryos, according to Sweet, who said a decision was made that each woman would carry two embryos.

“The chance that all four transferred embryos would implant and grow was less than 2 percent, so we were all amazed when the improbable occurred,” Sweet said.

Cavin delivered Briana and Derek on May 9, 2011, and Green gave birth to Anthony and Cason on May 23, 2011.

Sweet said, “They are a family connected through genetics, reproductive medicine and the love these two women share with each other – an amazing modern family.”

 

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