One woman and four men are dead this morning in an industrial area north of Orlando, Florida, apparently by a disgruntled employee armed with a handgun and a knife, according to the local Sheriff’s Office. Deputies on the scene have advised that the situation is “contained” and that there is no current active shooter.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Deming gave a press conference at 11:00AM EDT, where he announced that this was a workplace violence incident at Fiamma, Inc., an RV manufacturer. The attacker appeared to be primarily using a handgun; he killed himself by gunshot wound after the attack was over.
The alleged attacker had a criminal record “minor in nature” involving marijuana possession, driving under the influence, and misdemeanor battery. In 2014, police responded to a reported incident of “workplace violence” involving the suspect in which “he allegedly battered another employee at [Fiamma]. No charges were filed at that time,” said the Sheriff.
The Sheriff reported that there was no evidence connecting the attacker with “terror organizations”.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs expressed sympathy for the victims and their families, and urged people to be vigilant. “Each one of us has to be responsible for our own actions, but we also have to be cognizant of what’s going on around us.”