Disgruntled employee kills 5 in Florida, takes own life
ORLANDO, USA (UPDATED) – A man who had been fired in April from his job at a Florida company opened fire on Monday, June 5, at the Orlando business, killing 5 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.
The business, Fiamma, makes awnings for recreational vehicles.
To recap: 3 men, one woman killed by lone shooter at business on Forsyth Rd. One man died at ORMC. Shooter killed himself. Seven survivors.— OCSO FL News (@OrangeCoSheriff) June 5, 2017
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. – Rappler.com