Man kills 5, then himself in Florida workplace attack
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.
INVESTIGATORS gather at the scene of the attack near Orlando. The shooter was a former employee.