Breaking: 5 Dead as Gunman Opens Fire in Orlando, Florida
No fewer than five persons have been killed as a gunman opened fire in an industrial estate in Orlando in Orange County, Florida.
The latest bloodletting to hit the US took place on Forsyth Road – near the junction with Hanging Moss Road, leading to the erection of closures around the scene by the police.
Metro reports that the lone gunman is among those killed in the exchange of gunfire but the motive for the attack, which occurred around 8am on Monday morning (Local Time), has yet to be ascertained.
Local reports are suggesting that the attack is a fallout of a workplace issue and that it’s not related to terrorism.
Helicopter footage from local news reports appears to show that the incident happened close to a bakery at Winter Park, an industrial estate in the city. See a clip from the scene here.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has moved to contain panic, taking to Twitter to say the situation is ‘stable’.
OCSO on shooting scene w/ multiple fatalities. Situation contained, Now investigating tragic incident & will soon have accurate information
— OCSO FL News (@OrangeCoSheriff) June 5, 2017
‘OCSO working shooting scene that has stabilized. Multiple fatalities’, it wrote.
They later tweeted: ‘OCSO on shooting scene with multiple fatalities. Situation contained, now investigating tragic incident and will soon have accurate information.’
It is understood that the police chief and mayor of the city have both arrived on the scene along with members of the FBI.
Incidentally, the shooting has come a week ahead of the anniversary of the June 12 Pulse nightclub shooting when 49 people were brutally murdered.
It also comes amid heightened security concerns across the world following multiple attacks in the United Kingdom over the past weeks that has U.S. President Donald Trump calling on the courts to expedite ruling on his contentious Travel ban.