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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Five killed in shooting rampage at Florida workplace

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings speaks during a press conference in Orlando (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings speaks during a press conference in Orlando (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
The scene of the shooting on an industrial estate in Orlando, Florida (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Five people have been killed in a shooting at a workplace in Orlando, Florida.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the gunman, 45-year-old John Robert Neumann, was a disgruntled former employee at Fiamma, a business that makes awnings for recreational vehicles, who was sacked in April.

Mr Demings said the gunman, who was also armed with a knife, shot and killed himself at the scene.

There are no links to terrorism.

Mr Demings said Neumann acted methodically, singling out his victims and reloading a semi-automatic pistol during the attack.

He killed himself at the sound of an approaching siren, and it was all over within a few minutes of the first 911 call.

The gunman had been involved in a previous incident of workplace violence and had been accused of attacking another employee inside the business. He was not charged in that case.

Mr Demings added: "This is a sad day once again for us in Orange County. Our hearts go out to the victims."

Florida g overnor Rick Scott said in a statement that "all Floridians pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence".

He said the Orlando community has been challenged like never before, a reference to the shooting on June 12 last year at the Pulse nightclub in the city in which 49 people were shot dead in the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

US Senator Bill Nelson noted the timing of the latest attack.

The Florida Democrat said the city "is still healing from the Pulse massacre" and "has seen too much violence".

His statement called for doing "more to address mental health issues in this country".

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