Sheriff: Fired worker had plan to kill former co-workers

A man who was sacked 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.

Demings said they're still trying to figure out why Neumann, who had been fired from the Fiamma factory in April, made a decision to return Monday and kill his former co-workers before killing himself. Four people were reported dead at the scene.

"He was certainly singling out the individuals he shot", Demings said to reporters.

A disgruntled former employee opened fire today inside a Florida awning manufacturer, killing five workers before killing himself, authorities said.

Hear Demings describe a previous incident of workplace violence that the gunman was involved in at the business on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at Noon. What is known about Neumann's past is that he was a veteran who had been discharged in 1999.

Government statistics show that fatal workplace shootings are increasing, and experts say revenge is often the motive.

"It's a sad day for us once again in Orange County", he said. The seven other people inside the business were not injured.

Monday's shooting at the company that makes awnings for recreational vehicles happened in Orange County near Orlando.

The Florida Democrat said the city "is still healing from the Pulse massacre" and "has seen too much violence".

"He was a disgruntled employee that came back to this business this morning", he said.

The shooting occurred one week before the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, where 49 people died. There were about 12 employees inside the building at the time of the shooting. He'd been formally charged for possession of marijuana, a DUI and a misdemeanor battery. The FBI also responded, said Ron Hopper, who runs the FBI's Orlando office.

Demings described the suspect as a "disgruntled" former employee who was sacked in April 2017.

" 'All she kept saying was he was holding a gun and told her to get out, ' Gomez said".

Gov. Rick Scott has issued a statement after a shooting with multiple victims asking "all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence". She used the phone of a tile business across the street to call 911, said Yamaris Gomez, the tile store's owner.

"We're just going to embrace her and not leave her alone and just be there as a family", Adams said.

In his statement, Scott said the Orlando community has been challenged like never before.

  • Leroy Wright