Five killed in Orlando workplace shooting by “disgruntled former employee”

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Update 4.30pm:Five people have been killed in a shooting at a workplace in Orlando, Florida.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the gunman, 45, was a disgruntled former employee at Fiamma, a business that makes awnings for recreational vehicles, who was fired 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.

The gunman, who has not yet been identified, 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.”
Shelley Adams’s sister Sheila McIntrye works for the company and was in the toilet when shots rang out.

Ms McIntyre is safe but she called her sister during the shooting. She kept repeating “My boss is dead, my boss is dead”, Ms Adams said. Florida governor 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.

Earlier, Police in Florida have reported “multiple fatalities” following a shooting in an industrial area near Orlando. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter the “situation” has been contained, and vowed to provide more details as soon as the “info is accurate”. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demmings is expected to make a statement shortly.

Several roads in Orlando were closed as deputies responded to the shooting. The shooting is understood to have taken place at a the premises of Fiamma, a business that makes awnings for recreational vehicles. Shelley Adams’s sister Sheila McIntrye works for the company and was in the toilet when shots rang out.

Ms McIntyre is safe with police now but she called her sister during the shooting. She kept repeating “My boss is dead, my boss is dead”, Ms Adams said.

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