John Robert Neumann Jr. went on a shooting spree at his former workplace Fiamma Inc. in Orlando, Florida.

Neumann killed five employees and then proceeded to kill himself. Police officers assure that Neumann had a “negative relationship” with at least one of the employees of Fiamma, which manufactures accessories for recreational vehicles.

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Orlando Sheriff Jerry Demings stated that Neumann deliberately shot specific individuals. Image credit: WFTV.

A ‘disgruntled’ former employee unleashes his rage

Neumann was a former employee of Fiamma Inc. and an Army veteran with no known ties to terror groups. Honorably discharged in 1999, he lived alone, and no family members lived near him.

Back in 2014, police received reports of battery at Fiamma, of which Neumann was responsible. Apparently, the victim of the battery was not present at the time of the shooting. Neumann also had records of being arrested for driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of the accident in a hit-and-run, and possession of marijuana. Additionally, he was arrested in 1999 for driving with a suspended license, theft, and providing false information to an officer of the law.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. Image credit: Orlando Sentinel.

Last Monday, police received a call at 8 a.m. asking for officers to head to the northeast of Orlando’s downtown.

According to official reports, Neumann came in armed with a semi-automatic handgun and a hunting knife. Officers found four victims of the fatal shooting, some of them shot in the head several times.

During the event, Shelley Adams, one of the survivors, was on the phone with her sister and told her that she heard shots in the next room. Shortly, Adams headed outside and saw her boss lying dead on the floor.

As police approached the warehouse, Neumann took his weapon and shot himself. He did not have a gun permit.

According to CNN, the victims were 44-year-old Kevin Clark, 69-year-old Robert Snyder, 57-year-old Jeffrey Roberts, 44-year-old Brenda Montanez-Crespo, and 46-year-old Kevin Lawson.

Clark was a single father of two, whose wife passed away six years ago. He was driven to the hospital but did not make it through emergency procedures. Roberts started working at Fiamma just a few months ago in January. Lawson was a father of four and a grandfather of two. Snyder would have been retiring in 2018 and was described by coworkers as a dedicated employee who always came tho the shop early and left at late hours.

“Over the past year, the Orlando community has been challenged like never before. I have been briefed by our law enforcement officials on this tragic incident and Ann and I are praying for the families who lost loved ones today. I ask all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence. I will remain in contact with the Orlando law enforcement community throughout the day as more information is made available,” reads the statement issued by Florida Governor Rick Scott.

The shooting occurs one week before the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting which resulted in 49 victims, becoming the deadliest mass shooting in the modern history of the United States.

Source: CNN