Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Five killed in shooting at Florida workplace

Five killed in shooting at Florida workplace

Shooter John Robert Neumann Jr., who was honorably discharged from the Army in 1999, killed himself before deputies approached, Demings said.

Six individuals including a shooter, since identified as John Robert Neumann Jr. have died after going on a mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida workplace, Monday morning.

A disgruntled former employee at a vehicle accessory business in Orlando, Florida, fatally shot five workers on Monday before turning the gun on himself, USA television channels reported.

The victims were 44-year-old Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 46-year-old Kevin Lawson, 53-year-old Kevin Clark, 57-year-old Jeffrey Roberts, and 69-year-old Robert Snyder.

Demings said that Neumann, a U.S. army veteran who was sacked from the company for undisclosed reasons in April, began shooting nearly immediately then moved through the building purposefully, "singling out the individuals that he shot". The building was also the site for family members of the victims to get updates on the investigation.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Sheriff Jerry Demings spoke to the media and public shortly after 11:00 a.m. Of Monday's shooting at Fiamma Inc., he said, "I'd be very curious in this case if they followed security industry best practices for monitoring this person's behavior". The victim of that incident was not among the dead Monday, Demings said.

Shelley Adams, whose sister, Sheila McIntrye, works for the company and was in the bathroom when shots rang out. He reloaded his handgun, for which he did not have a permit, at least once during the incident and killed himself as deputies were about to enter the warehouse, the sheriff said.

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According to its website, Fiamma an Italian-owned company based in Orlando, that makes awnings for residential vehicles and campers, describing itself as one of the world's largest manufacturers of RV awnings for motor coaches, fifth-wheels, trailers, camper vans, and sport utility vehicles. In that attack, a gunman killed 49 people in the early-morning hours of June 12, 2016. Reportedly, he was sacked in April of this year.

"We're just going to embrace her and not leave her alone and just be there as a family", Adams said. Once deputies arrived to the scene two minutes later, they found three men and one woman who were already dead, Demings said.

The co-worker, who had no visible injuries, stated "he had problems in the past with John but thought they were resolved", the sheriff's office incident report said.

The woman then called her sister on the telephone and kept saying, "My boss is dead". The FBI also responded, said Ron Hopper, who runs the FBI's Orlando office. Adams said. "That's shocking".

The Florida Democrat said the city "is still healing from the Pulse massacre" and "has seen too much violence". "Sheriff will brief as soon as info is accurate", the sheriff's office said on Twitter.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has condemned the "senseless act of violence".

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