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Update: Sheriff says disgruntled ex-worker killed 5, then himself

Written by Terrance Harris and Mike Schneider/The Associated Press | Jun 5, 2017 12:53 PM
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Authorities confer near the scene of a shooting where they said there were multiple fatalities in an industrial area near Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 5, 2017. The Orange County Sheriff's Office said on its official Twitter account that the situation has been contained. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(Orlando, Fla.) -- A disgruntled former employee opened fire Monday inside a Florida awning manufacturer, killing five workers before killing himself, authorities said.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings described the shooter as a 45-year-old man who had been fired in April and had been previously accused of assaulting a co-worker. The attacker was not believed to be a member of any type of subversive or terrorist organization, he said.

The man was not charged when he was accused of battering the co-worker in June 2014. That co-worker was not among the victims Monday, the sheriff said.

Shelley Adams said her sister, Sheila McIntyre, called her from the company's bathroom during the shooting and was upset.

She kept repeating "My boss is dead. My boss is dead," Adams said after state and federal law enforcement officers converged on the industrial park in Orlando.

Police were called around 8 a.m. by a woman who ran from the awning business, Fiamma Inc., saying the gunman had told her to leave. She used the phone of a tile business across the street to call 911, said Yamaris Gomez, the tile store's owner.

The sheriff said officers were dispatched within 45 seconds and arrived two minutes later.

Special Agent Danny Banks of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said that while five people were killed, "seven others' lives were saved due to the quick actions of the officers who arrived on the scene today."

Banks and Orlando Mayor Teresa Jacobs both said the attack shows why people need to alert authorities if they learn of anything that could lead to violence.

"If people see something that seems abnormal, they need to say something," the mayor said.

Fiamma Inc. calls itself one of the largest manufacturers of awnings for camper vans, motor coaches and sports utility vehicles.

Gov. Rick Scott said he had been briefed by law enforcement and that he and his wife, Ann, "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," he added.

 

*An earlier version of this story is below*

(Orlando, Fla.) -- Five people were killed earlier today inside a company that makes awnings for recreational vehicles. Authorities said the situation is contained, meaning there is no longer an active shooter.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said during a briefing the gunman was a disgruntled former employee who was fired in April.

Demings says the gunman shot and killed himself. The sheriff says the shooting is not believed to have any link to terrorism.  

  The shooting happened inside a business that manufactures awnings. 

The sheriff says the shooter, who has not yet been identified, had been involved in a previous workplace violence incident and had been accused of battering another employee inside the business. He was not charged in that case. 

A woman who was in the awnings manufacturers business that is the site of a multiple shooting ran out of the building, saying the gunman told her to leave.

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 had told her to leave the facility and then she ran across the street, calling law enforcement on her phone.

Shelley Adams said her sister, Sheila McIntyre, called her from the company's bathroom during the shooting and was very upset.

She kept repeating "My boss is dead. My boss is dead," Adams said after state and federal law enforcement authorities converged on the industrial park in Orlando.

Fiamma Inc. calls itself one of the largest manufacturers of awnings for camper vans, motor coaches and sports utility vehicles.

The shooting was reported about 8:00  a.m. today.

Several Orange County Fire and Rescue vehicles were seen leaving the scene afterward. A large police presence remained hours alter.

Gov. Rick Scott has issued a statement after a shooting with multiple victims asking "all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence.'' 

In his statement, the governor says the Orlando community has been challenged like never before. And he says he and his wife, Ann, are praying for the families who lost loved ones in the shooting.

Scott's comments about the Orlando area's challenges were in reference to the shooting on June 12, 2016, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The gay nightclub was the site of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  

*An earlier version of the story is below*

(Orlando, Fla.) -- Law enforcement authorities say there were "multiple fatalities" following a shooting this morning in an industrial area near Orlando.

On its officials Twitter account, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said the "situation" has been contained, meaning there is no longer an active shooter.

They said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings will make a statement "as soon as info is accurate."

The FBI is joining the investigation. 

The shooting was reported about 8:00 a.m.

Witness accounts are beginning to emerge.

The Associated Press talked with Shelley Adams, whose sister, Sheila McIntrye, works for the company and was in the bathroom when shots rang out. 

McIntyre is safe with police now but she called her sister during the shooting, and she was very upset. 

She kept repeating "My boss is dead. My boss is dead.'' 

Authorities closed the road near the scene and have urged motorists to "use caution."

A media staging area has been set up near the scene.

Local news outlets reported that several Orange County Fire and Rescue vehicles were seen leaving the scene.

A large police presence remains.

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