ORLANDO, Fla. – A “disgruntled” ex-employee kills five people before turning his weapon on himself at an Orlando business Monday morning, police said.
Officers responded to a call about an active shooter at Fiamma off Forsyth Road in Orange County, near Full Sail University, just after 8 a.m., Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said in a news conference. Deputies arrived two minutes later, where they found three men and a woman dead at the scene. A fifth person, a man, was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An additional seven people inside the business survived the shooting.
Demings said that the unnamed individual believed to be the shooter, who killed himself, was identified as a 45-year-old man who had been fired from Fiamma Inc. in April 2017. The business manufactures awnings and such for recreational vehicles.
The man accused of multiple murders was armed with a handgun and knife, according to Demings. It did not appear that he used the knife, only the firearm. The sheriff said his identity will be disclosed at a later time.
The troubled employee had a criminal history “minor in nature,” with arrests for possession of marijuana and DUI, reported Fox News.
Officers had been called to the company back in June 2014 for a “workplace violence incident” in which “he allegedly battled another employee here in the business,” Demings said.
Shelley Adams told The Associated Press that her sister, Sheila McIntyre, called her from the building’s bathroom during the shooting and was very upset. She kept repeating, “My boss is dead. My boss is dead,” Adams said.
A woman who was in the awning manufacturers business ran out of the building, saying the gunman told her to leave, according to Fox 35 Orlando.
Yamaris Gomez, who is the owner of a tile store across the street, said that the woman ran out of the Fiamma, Inc. facility and across the street to call law enforcement.
Gomez says the woman told her that the gunman instructed her to leave the facility. Gomez says the woman ran across the street, calling law enforcement on her phone.
The FBI was on scene assessing the crime, according to a spokesperson from the bureau. But Demings said authorities could not “connect the incident to any global terrorism.”
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement that he has been briefed on the situation.
“Over the past year, the Orlando community has been challenged like never before,” Scott said.
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“Ann and I are praying for the families who lost loved ones today. I ask all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence. I will remain in contact with the Orlando law enforcement community throughout the day as more information is made available,” the statement read.
The shooting comes a week before the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre, also in Orlando, where 49 people were fatally shot by Omar Mateen, an Islamic extremist.
(Photo: Screenshot Fox News broadcast)
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