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Disgruntled employee kills five in Orlando, takes own life

Police work near the scene of a shooting in an industrial area near Orlando, Florida on June 5, 2017.

Police work near the scene of a shooting in an industrial area near Orlando, Florida on June 5, 2017.  

The 45-year-old shooter, who was not yet identified by the authorities, had both a gun and a knife in his possession. All of the dead were former co-workers.

A man who had been fired in April from his job at a Florida company opened fire Monday at a Orlando workplace, killing five people before taking his own life, authorities said.

Four people were killed at the scene, while a fifth died at the hospital, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told reporters. Seven people survived the ordeal.

The company, Fiamma, makes awnings for recreational vehicles.

Mr. Demings said the incident was being treated as a "workplace violence incident" and did not appear to have any links to terror.

Jerry Demings, Sheriff of Orange County, Florida at the site of a workplace shooting incident, which claimed several lives on Monday. Photo: @OrangeCoSheriff

Jerry Demings, Sheriff of Orange County, Florida at the site of a workplace shooting incident, which claimed several lives on Monday. Photo: @OrangeCoSheriff  

 

The 45-year-old shooter, who was not yet identified by the authorities, had both a gun and a knife in his possession. All of the dead were former co-workers.

The assailant allegedly beat up another employee at the workplace in 2014, but no charges were filed, the sheriff told reporters.

"It is a sad day for us here once again in Orange County," Mr. Demings said.

Google Maps image locates Forsyth Road in Oralando, Florida.

Google Maps image locates Forsyth Road in Oralando, Florida.  

A year ago, Orlando -- a hub of Florida's resort industry popular with tourists -- was the scene of a mass shooting in a gay nightclub that left 49 people dead and dozens more wounded.

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