ORLANDO, FL — Five people were shot and killed at an Orlando business on Monday morning after police say a “disgruntled” former employee opened fire before turning the gun on himself.
Police officials say they responded to a call regarding an active shooter at Fiamma Inc., an awning manufacturing company, just after 8 a.m. Deputies arrived two minutes after the initial dispatch to find three men and a woman dead at the scene. A fifth victim was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The victims of the mass shooting have been identified as Robert Snyder, 69; Brenda Motanez-Crespo, 44; Kevin Clark, 53; Kevin Lawson, 46; and Jeffrey Roberts, 57.
The assailant, identified as 45-year-old John Robert Neumann, Jr., turned the gun on himself after the shooting, say police officials. The suspect had reportedly been fired from the company in April. Although it is not yet clear what led to his dismissal, police records show that officers had been called to the company back in June 2014 for a “workplace violence incident” in which the shooter allegedly assaulted a fellow employee.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Shelley Adams said her sister, Sheila McIntyre, called her from the building’s bathroom during the shooting, crying and very upset. She kept repeating “My boss is dead! My boss is dead,” Adams said.
Adams said her sister is OK but was taken to a nearby fire department to be checked out. “God had his hand on her,” she said.
“Sad day for us once again here in Orange County. … Hearts and prayers go out to family of the victims,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said in a press conference.
Jennifer Blevins said her father, Robert Snyder works at Fiamma.
“I saw the post on Facebook, and my heart sank,” Blevins told The Orlando Sentinel (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-forsyth-shooting-20170605-story.html). Blevins said she repeatedly tried calling her father, but he didn’t pick up the phone.
“I called my mom to let her know what was happening. We can’t get a hold of him,” she said.
Seven other people who were at the scene at the time of the shooting also survived and are currently being interviewed by law enforcement.