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US: Six people killed in Orlando shooting

The Shooter Was Carrying A Gun And An Knife. He Wasfired From This Business. The Individual Shot Former Co-workers, He Said.

PTI | Updated on: 05 Jun 2017, 09:32:03 PM
US: 'Several' people killed in Orlando shooting (Representational Image)

Miami :

A disgruntled man went on a shooting spree at his former workplace in the US state ofFlorida today, killing five of his colleagues including a woman before turning the gun on himself. Today's shooting incident comes a week ahead the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando.

It wasthe deadliest mass shooting in US history in which 49 peoplewere killed by a gunman on June 12.

Deputies responded to today's shooting at the Fiamma Incbuilding on Forsyth Road in Orlando around 8 am. The 45-year-old shooter, a disgruntled employee who wasfired in April, also killed himself, Orange County SheriffJerry Demings told reporters.

He ruled out a terrorist incident.

"The shooter was carrying a gun and an knife. He wasfired from this business. The individual shot former co-workers," he said.

According to the Sheriff, there were no reports of anyspecific threats to this business. The name of the shooterwill be released after next of kin notified, he said. "We are all on heightened alert from the tragic incidentsacross the globe. We cannot connect this incident to anyglobal terrorism," Demings said.

Florida Governor Rock Scott urged people of the state topray for the families of the victims killed in "thissenseless" act of violence.

"Over the past year, the Orlando community has beenchallenged like never before. I have been briefed by our lawenforcement officials on this tragic incident and Ann and Iare praying for the families who lost loved ones today," hesaid.

"I ask all Floridians to pray for the families impactedby this senseless act of violence. I will remain in contactwith the Orlando law enforcement community throughout the dayas more information is made available," Scott said.

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First Published : 05 Jun 2017, 07:38:00 PM

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