Man kills 5, then him­self in Florida work­place at­tack

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - By David Har­ris, Christal Hayes and Michael Wil­liams Har­ris, Hayes and Wil­liams write for the Or­lando Sen­tinel.

OR­LANDO, Fla. — Jen­nifer Blevins pan­icked when she heard the news about the shoot­ing at the busi­ness north­east of Or­lando where her fa­ther works. She tried call­ing but couldn’t reach him.

“I saw the post on Face­book, and my heart sank,” Blevins said Mon­day.

Hours later, her worst fears were con­firmed: Her fa­ther, Robert Sny­der, 69, was one of the five peo­ple killed by a dis­grun­tled former em­ployee at Fiamma be­fore he turned the gun on him­self.

John Robert Neu­mann Jr., armed with a hand­gun, a large hunt­ing knife and pos­si­bly some smaller knives, walked into Fiamma through a rear door. He roamed the build­ing and reloaded his gun at least once, sin­gling out his vic­tims, Or­ange County Sher­iff Jerry Dem­ings said.

Brenda Mon­tanez-Cre­spo, 44; Kevin Clark, 53; Jef­frey Roberts, 57; and Kevin Law­son, 47, were also killed.

“Most of the vic­tims were shot in the head; some were shot mul­ti­ple times,” Dem­ings said. He added that eight peo­ple in the build­ing were not in­jured.

Neu­mann, 45, who was dis­charged from the Army in 1999, killed him­self be­fore deputies ap­proached. He had been fired in April from Fiamma, which makes awn­ings for RVs and campers.

Neu­mann had a “neg­a­tive re­la­tion­ship” with one of the vic­tims, the sher­iff said.

Dem­ings said the Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to Fiamma about three years ago when Neu­mann bat­tered an em­ployee. There were no charges at the time, and the em­ployee was not one of the peo­ple killed Mon­day.

Fiamma is head­quar­tered in the Ital­ian town of Car­dano al Campo, north­west of Mi­lan, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s site.

Shel­ley Adams said her sis­ter, who works at the com­pany, was in the bath­room when she heard shots.

“She came out and saw a man on the floor,” she said.

Adams said her sis­ter is OK. “God had his hand on her,” she said.

Gov. Rick Scott said in a state­ment that he was briefed about the “tragic in­ci­dent.”

By Mon­day evening, deputies and U.S. mar­shals sur­rounded Neu­mann’s home in a mo­bile home com­plex in Semi­nole County.

Shortly be­fore 8 p.m., au­thor­i­ties loaded up ev­i­dence from his home, including stacks of pa­per, a long and nar­row ob­ject and items in large yel­low en­velopes.

Ger­ardo Mora Getty Im­ages

IN­VES­TI­GA­TORS gather at the scene of the at­tack near Or­lando. The shooter was a former em­ployee.

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