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Five Dead In Orlando Shootings

Fired Employee Opened Fire at Workplace

June 05, 2017 - 11:33 am
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Authorities say five people have been killed in a workplace shooting near Orlando.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said during a briefing Monday that 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.


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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.

Shelley Adams told ABC News that her sister told her she was inside her place of business this morning when she walked out of the bathroom and saw someone lying on the floor.

Adams said her sister recounted the story on the phone and "was just hysterically crying."

Her sister was OK, Adams said but "she kept saying, 'My boss is dead.'"

Adams said her sister works at Fiamma, a company that manufactures awnings for RVs, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The shooting was reported about 8 a.m. Monday.

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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