Fired Worker Kills Five At Orlando Business
ORLANDO, Florida - Authorities said a former employee killed five people in a shooting inside Fiamma,a business in an industrial park in Orlando, Florida Monday. He then shot himself.
Three men and one woman died on scene. A fourth man died at the hospital.
Seven people who work at Fiamma, the RV accessory business where the shooting took place, survived the incident without any injuries. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the shootings happened at multiple locations in the Fiamma building and that 12 people were at the business during the incident.
Officials identified the shooter as John Robert Neumann Jr., 45, a former employee who was fired in April. The ex-worker came into the building armed with a gun and multiple hunting knives and fatally shot four men and a woman, then turned the gun on himself, Demings said. There is no indication that the knives were used.
“All indications from eyewitness testimony is that it appears that just before deputies entered to the scene itself, as an active shooter scene, that the subject likely killed himself or shot himself at that point," Demings said.
The five victims have been identified as Robert Snyder, 69; Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 44; Kevin Clark, 53; Jeffrey Roberts, 57; and Kevin Lawson, 46.
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. "She is very distraught, very emotional."
Demings said Neumann pointed his gun at a temp employee and told her to "get out of the business."
Neumann was also involved in a workplace incident in June 2014 in which he was accused of battering one of his coworkers. Demings said no charges were filed in that case and there is no evidence that that victim was among those killed in Monday's shooting.
“He shot five innocent people this morning, then turned the gun on himself and shot himself," Demings said.
Demings described Neumann as a disgruntled employee, adding that the "tragic incident" is an example of workplace violence and there's no indication of any ties to terrorism. He said authorities believe Neumann was a "lone gunman."
"At this time, we have no indication that this subject is a member of any subversive type of any organization. We have no indication that this subject is a participant of any type of terrorist organization," Demings said.
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