ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.(WESH) — Five people are dead after a disgruntled former employee opened fire inside an Orange County business on Monday.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said during a briefing Monday that the gunman was a disgruntled former employee who was fired in April.
The former employee was carrying a gun and a knife when he entered the business and shot his former co-workers.
Deputies found four people dead inside the business. A fifth victim died at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Demings said the gunman shot and killed himself. The sheriff said the shooting is not believed to have any link to terrorism.
The shooting happened just after 8 a.m. at Fiamma Inc. on Forsyth Road, near Hanging Moss Road.
Fiamma Inc. makes awnings for recreational vehicles. The company said on its website that it is one of the largest manufacturers of awnings for camper vans, motor coaches and sports utility vehicles.
Demings said the shooter, a 45-year-old man 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.The Associated Press spoke 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.”
Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement after the shooting asking “all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence.”
In his statement Monday, Scott said 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 reported about 8 a.m. Monday.
The victims of the shooting have not been identified. Demings said he would hold another news conference Monday at 1 p.m.
The sheriff’s office said victim advocates are standing by at Family Unification Center at Full Sail University 3535 North Forsyth Rd. 407-679-0100 extension 3087.
Demings called the shooting a “tragic incident.”
“It’s a sad day for us once again in Orange County,” he said. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims.”
Governor Rick Scott released this statement on the incident:
Over the past year, the Orlando community has been challenged like never before. 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.”