The Orlando gunman, who has been identified as John Robert Neumann, Jr., targeted his victims during a deadly shooting spree that took place at Fiamma Inc. on Monday morning. Jerry Demings, an Orlando County Sheriff said Neumann had a “negative relationship” with at least one of his victims.
Neumann entered the building, where he started selectively shooting people. When he saw a new employee, he pointed the gun at her and ordered her to leave. Eight others were also spared.
During the Florida shooting spree, he shot and killed five former co-workers before turning the gun on himself, committing suicide. The five people he shot and killed have been identified as Brenda Motanez-Crespo, 44; Jeffrey Roberts, 57; Kevin Clark, 53; Kevin Lawson, 46; and Robert Snyder, 69, according to CNN. It is unclear why he specifically chose to kill these five people.
Police determined that Neumann had worked at Fiamma Inc., a company that makes awnings for campers and RVs, for a number of years, but was fired in April. He returned to the business on Monday as a disgruntled former employee. The circumstances surrounding his dismissal from the company are unclear.
Demings said Neumann used a semi-automatic pistol to shoot his victims with; most of whom were shot in the head. Neumann also had at least two knives on his person, one of which was a large hunting knife. He did not possess a conceal carry permit for the pistol.
Demings said deputies are unsure why Neumann chose Monday as the day to carry out his attack, but that it was obvious he had deliberately thought the murders through and had a plan of action in place prior to entering the business, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Neumann is a veteran, who was honorably discharged from service with the U.S. Army in 1999. He lived alone and did not have any family members in the area.
It is believed the Orlando gunman acted alone. Police say he does not have known ties to any terrorist group.
By Trixie Dillwood
Photo Courtesy Seminole County Sheriffs Office