June 6 (UPI) — Authorities said a disgruntled former employee opened fire at a central Florida business on Monday — resulting in the deaths of six people, including the gunman.
The shooting started before 8 a.m. Monday at the Fiamma Inc. industrial park in suburban Orlando. Police said the gunfire occurred at multiple locations inside the business, which produces awnings for recreational vehicles and campers.
Four men and a woman were among the victims. Four died at the scene in addition to the accused gunman, John R. Neuman, Jr., who officials said shot himself in the head. One man died at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Neuman, 45, was fired by the company in April. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he specifically targeted the victims or opened fire randomly.
Seven others were inside the building at the time of the shooting, but none were harmed.
“Sad day for us once again here in Orange County. … Hearts and prayers go out to family of the victims,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.
Demings said his deputies were called to the business three years ago amid accusations Neuman assaulted an employee, though no charges were filed in that case. His criminal history includes a DUI and minor drug offenses, the sheriff said.
Agents of the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also were investigating, WESH-TV, Orlando, reported.
The shooting occurred one week before the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, where 49 people died.