Florida shooting: Disgruntled employee kills five, takes own life, say local police

Orlando: A man who had been fired in April from his job at a Florida company opened fire on Monday at the Orlando business, killing five people before taking his own life, authorities said.

Four people were killed at the scene, while a fifth died at the hospital, Orange County sheriff Jerry Demings told reporters. Seven people survived the ordeal.

Police vehicles line up outside the scene of a shooting where there were five were killed in an industrial area near Orlando. AP

Police vehicles line up outside the scene of a shooting where five were killed in an industrial area near Orlando. AP

The business, Fiamma, makes awnings for recreational vehicles.

Demings said the incident was being treated as a "workplace violence incident" and did not appear to have any links to terror.

The 45-year-old shooter, who was not yet identified by the authorities, had both a gun and a knife in his possession. All of the dead were former co-workers.

The assailant allegedly beat up another employee at the business in 2014, but no charges were filed, the sheriff told reporters.

"It is a sad day for us here once again in Orange County," Demings said.

A year ago, Orlando — a hub of Florida's resort industry popular with tourists — was the scene of a mass shooting in a gay nightclub that left 49 people dead and dozens more wounded.

 


Published Date: Jun 05, 2017 10:01 pm | Updated Date: Jun 05, 2017 10:04 pm


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