Orange County Sheriff Calls Fatal Shootings “Workplace Violence”
Five people are dead after a man entered their workplace in northeast Orlando and shot them. The shooter, a 45-year-old unidentified man, is said to have entered Fiamma, Inc., located in an industrial park off Forsyth & Hanging Moss Road, with a handgun and a knife and shot four men and one woman. He then committed suicide.
Deputies responded to the call at 8:03 am. By that time, three men and one woman had been fatally shot. One of the men was sent to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he later died.
Seven employees were on-site and are being interviewed by detectives for further details about what happened. They were not injured.
Officials are calling the incident an act of workplace violence.
“He was fired sometime in April,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings of the shooter. “So he was a disgruntled employee that came back to this business.”
Demings added that records show the shooter was involved in a workplace incident three years ago in which he allegedly battered another employee. No charges were filed in that incident.
Several law enforcement agencies have responded, including the FBI, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Orange County Fire Department.
“We have no indication that this subject is a member of any subversive organization,” said Demings. So far, little is known about the shooter’s past other than that he was formerly charged with possession of marijuana, a DUI, and a misdemeanor battery.
More details will be revealed as a press conference at 1 p.m.
This is a developing story.
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