Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Multiple fatalities in Florida workplace shooting: sheriff

Multiple fatalities in Florida workplace shooting: sheriff

Six individuals including a shooter, since identified as John Robert Neumann Jr. have died after going on a mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida workplace, Monday morning. According to an Federal Bureau of Investigation report, more than 40 percent of active shootings between 2000 to 2013 occurred at businesses.

Officers arrived two minutes after being dispatched, the sheriff said.

The Orange County sheriff says a lone gunman appeared to single out his victims in the Orlando awning factory where he killed 5 people on Monday.

The sheriff's office says there are multiple fatalities.

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. Expected to update us soon. Demings characterized the shooting as a likely "workplace violence incident". No indication of terrorism connection.

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One male was transported to a local area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The identity of the man who walked into his former workplace to shoot employees has been released.

The victims have been identified as Robert Snyder, 69; Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 44; Kevin Clark, 53; Kevin Lawson, 46; and Jeffrey Roberts, 57. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims".

As investigators try to determine what led to the fatal shooting, here is what WKMG News 6 has learned about the gunman from people who knew him and law enforcement officials.

There had been eight people in the building whom Neumann did not shoot, including one who was an outside vendor. According to Click Orlando, the gunman's motive has yet to be fully fleshed out, but Demings believes that he wasn't getting along well with some of his former co-workers at Fiamma.

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Neumann, 45, was a veteran who was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1999. They are now being interviewed by sheriff's detectives.

In May 2014, authorities responded to Fiamma after an employee - who was not one of the five people killed on Monday - accused Neumann of hitting him on the back of the head and knocking him to the ground, according to the incident report. He was not charged at the time.

The business, Fiamma, makes awnings for recreational vehicles.

Shelley Adams told AP her sister Sheila McIntrye works at the company where the incident took place, and was in the bathroom when the incident happened.

"She came out and saw a man on the floor", she said. "She just kept saying, 'I'm OK, I'm OK, my boss is dead, my boss is dead.' She was very, very upset". There were seven employees on site who were not injured. "We are trying to understand as much about him as we possibly can", Demings said. "God had his hand on her", she said.

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The sheriff said the former employee had a minor criminal record and that police had visited Fiamma Inc. several years ago after a call that involved the shooter.

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