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Five Dead After 'Disgruntled' Ex-Employee Opens Fire in Orlando

June 5, 2017 - 12:45pm

Five people are dead and seven more are wounded after a gunman opened fire at his former workplace in Orlando Monday morning.

Forty-five year-old John Robert Neumann, Jr. opened fire on his coworkers at awning company Fiamma Inc. before shooting himself, local officials said. 
 
Officers were called to the scene at around 8 a.m. and arrived two minutes after the 911 call.
 
Orlando law enforcement said the man was a “disgruntled employee” who had been fired in April. The shooter had been accused of assaulting a coworker in 2014. 

"It's a sad day for us once again in Orange County," said Orange County sheriff Jerry Demings. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims."

Gov. Rick Scott was briefed on the incident Monday morning and arranged calls with Orlando Police Chief John Mina, Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner Rick Swearingen and FDLE special agent in charge Danny Banks.

Scott extended his sympathy to the victims and the Orlando community, which was rocked by a terrorist attack at the Pulse Nightclub this time last year. 

“Over the past year, the Orlando community has been challenged like never before,” the governor said in a statement. “I have been briefed by our law enforcement officials on this tragic incident and Ann and I 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. I will remain in contact with the Orlando law enforcement community throughout the day as more information is made available.”

Other elected officials chimed in with messages of support for the Orlando community Monday morning.

“My heart breaks for those affected by today's shooting in Orlando,” U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., wrote on Twitter. “Praying for speedy recovery of injured & for families of those killed. We have endured far too much heartbreak since Pulse. We must continue to find strength in each other.”

“Our thoughts & prayers are with the victims of #ForsythShooting,” wrote U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., on Twitter. “I encourage public to support [a] law enforcement investigation.”

It didn’t take long for gun safety groups to respond to the attack, calling for increased safety measures to prevent gun violence. 

“The one-year mark of the Pulse Nightclub shooting is just days away – and now once again, the eyes of the nation are on Orlando as we grapple with terrible gun violence,” said Everytown/Florida Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense chapter leader Michelle Gajda. “We should all be able to go to work, dance in a nightclub or enjoy a night out at the movies without the threat of gun violence looming over our heads. We must demand more of our lawmakers and work together to find common sense solutions that will protect all communities in our state and across the nation."
 
This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.
 

 

Reach reporter Allison Nielsen by email at allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter: @AllisonNielsen.

 

Comments

I wonder why this guy was fired? Did he have a family? Don't get me wrong, but I would like to know what motivated this man to do this.

The Anti Gunners will never let a tragedy that fits their twisted agenda go to waste. Where was the mean moms when that evil SOB ran down all those people in NY? See what you don't understand or just don't care about is you cant pass a law that will end evil you can't legislate it. Evil exists and you can't stop it but you may be able to slow it down. let me ask you if this guy was stopped after he killed one or 2 people by a law abiding gun owner would that matter to you? Or are you so blind to see the guns actually save more lives then they take?

Because the Wing Nuts are BLIND to anything but their FEARS. Maybe someone should tell them that the London incident was done with knives and vehicles! Guns DO NOT kill people. People kill people, and if they don't have a gun--they find another way.

So True !

Really sad..it has not been 1 year in Pulse We support our people we pray for the victims family Please i hope when people get upset, can they go to prayers or jogging or something -this is absolutely sad

Here come the wing nuts saying guns kill people... Next they'll be saying that spoons make you fat...

Didn't Michelle once say exactly that,...and use her fat azz as proof?

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