Sher­iff: Fired worker kills 5, then self as siren ap­proached

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OR­LANDO | A man who was fired from a Florida awning fac­tory in April re­turned Mon­day with a semi-au­to­matic pis­tol and me­thod­i­cally killed five peo­ple, then took his own life at the sound of an ap­proach­ing siren, au­thor­i­ties said.

Or­ange County Sher­iff Jerry Dem­ings iden­ti­fied the shooter as John Robert Neu­mann Jr., a 45-year-old Army veteran who lived alone and did not ap­pear to be a mem­ber of any type of sub­ver­sive or ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The shoot­ing be­gan at about 8 a.m. after Neu­mann slipped through a rear door into the cav­ernous fac­tory, an area larger than two foot­ball fields where awn­ings are stitched to­gether for recre­ational ve­hi­cles. He paused at least once to reload.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence tells me that this in­di­vid­ual made de­lib­er­ate thought to do what he did today. He had a plan of ac­tion,” the sher­iff said. The gun­man “had a neg­a­tive re­la­tion­ship with” at least one of the vic­tims.

“He was cer­tainly sin­gling out the in­di­vid­u­als he shot,” Sher­iff Dem­ings said, adding that most vic­tims were shot in the head. Some were shot

mul­ti­ple times.

The mo­tive re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Deputies cor­doned off the gun­man’s mo­bile home in Mait­land, north of Or­lando, and were look­ing through any so­cial me­dia post­ings for clues. Neu­mann was hon­or­ably dis­charged in 1999 and did not have a con­cealed­weapons per­mit, the sher­iff said.

Arnie Boyd, who lives in the same trailer park, said Neu­mann wasn’t par­tic­u­larly so­cial.

“Ev­ery once in a while, he would ride his bike around and that’s it,” Mr. Boyd said. “We would speak only once in a while.”

The dead were iden­ti­fied as Robert

Sny­der, 69; Brenda Mon­tanez-Cre­spo, 44; Kevin Clark, 53; Jef­frey Roberts, 57; and Kevin Law­son, 46.

Au­thor­i­ties had con­fronted Neu­mann once be­fore at the Fiamma Inc. awning fac­tory, when he was ac­cused of bat­ter­ing a co-worker in June 2014. But after in­ter­view­ing both men in­volved, deputies filed no charges, Sher­iff Dem­ings said.

Neu­mann’s crim­i­nal record was oth­er­wise mi­nor — mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence — and the co-worker he al­legedly beat up three years ago was not among Mon­day’s vic­tims, the sher­iff said.

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