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Gun violence in the US

Florida shooter commits suicide after killing five people

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 12:55am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 12:56am

A gunman shot and killed five people at an Orlando, Florida, business on Monday morning and then turned the gun on himself, authorities said during a news conference.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the shooter, identified by police as a 45-year-old “disgruntled” former employee who was terminated in April, opened fire on former co-workers at Fiamma, a business on North Forsyth Road in an industrial area more than seven miles from downtown.

The shooter, who was carrying a gun and a knife, then committed suicide, Demings said. The sheriff said that seven other people were uninjured in the attack.

“We have no indication that this subject is a participant in any type of terror organisation,” Demings said. “What this is at this point is likely a workplace violence incident.”

Authorities said the shooter’s name would be released after his family is notified.

Sheriff’s deputies received a 911 call about 8 am (8 pm HK time) about an active shooter at Fiamma, which manufacturers accessories for RVs, Demings said. When deputies arrived, Demings said, they found four deceased victims - three men and one woman. Another man was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died. Demings said the gunman had died “by his own means.”

Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel said in an email that deputies were on the scene and that there was “no threat to the community.”

The FBI dispatched members of the bureau’s Orlando office to the scene, where they are assisting in the investigation and working to determine the motivation, officials said.

Authorities did not immediately comment on a possible motive for the shooting, which occurred just a week before the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in downtown Orlando. That mass shooting killed 49 people and injured dozens of others. The attacker at Pulse, who was killed by police following an hours-long standoff inside the club, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

“Because of the active nature of the investigation, we can’t comment on any motives at this time, but if a nexus to terrorism is discovered, we’ll update with that information as appropriate,” the FBI said in a statement Monday. “We’ll be working with Orange County to determine the reason for the shooting.”

Area hospitals did not immediately respond to requests for comment about whether they had taken in any patients from the shooting.