Orlando gunman kills five people in workplace shooting

Police said gunman, who killed himself, was a disgruntled former employee‘It appears the incident has nothing to do with any global terror activities’

Police officers on the scene in Orlando. Seven others whom police described as ‘survivors’ were not injured.

Florida police confirmed that six people were killed, including the 45-year-old gunman, in a Monday morning shooting at Fiamma, a business in suburban Orlando that manufactures awnings and accessories for recreational vehicles.

“This is likely a workplace violence incident,” Orange County sheriff Jerry Demings said at a late-morning press briefing, noting that the suspect was fired from the company in April. “It appears this incident has nothing to do with any global terror activities. He was a disgruntled employee who came back to this business this morning.”

Demings said 12 employees were in the building at the time of the shooting and that deputies received a 911 call about an active shooter at 8.03am. They were on scene within two minutes, he said.

“Once they arrived they found multiple individuals that had been shot: three male victims were deceased at that time and one female was deceased,” he said. A fifth victim was transported to the Orlando regional medical center and died shortly after.

The suspected gunman, who Demings would not name, shot himself. Seven others whom Demings described as “survivors” were not injured.

“The suspect was armed with a handgun and a knife. There is no indication that he used the knife,” Demings said.

He also revealed that the suspect had a criminal history that was “minor in nature”, including possession of marijuana, driving under the influence and misdemeanor battery. He said Orange County sheriffs were called to the premises in June 2014 when the suspect battered another employee.

“Because he came back to this business and shot people he previously worked with, this is akin to a workplace violence,” Demings said. “We have no indication that this subject is a member of any subversive-type organisation or terror organisation.”

An FBI spokesman, Ron Hopper, said members of the agency’s terrorism taskforce attended the scene as a matter of routine.

“As we would in any active shooting situation, the FBI responded in force,” he said. “We will remain with the sheriff’s department until our resources are no longer necessary.”

Rick Scott, the Florida governor, issued a statement noting that the incident came close to the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that left 49 dead.

“Over the past year, the Orlando community has been challenged like never before,” he said. “I have been briefed by our law enforcement officials on this tragic incident and Ann and I are praying for the families who lost loved ones today.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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