Disgruntled ex-employee, armed with a handgun and a knife shoots up his old workplace Monday morning
Army veteran John Robert Neumann Jr., entered a rear door of the Fiamma Inc. RV awning company armed with a semiautomatic pistol, a large hunting knife and possibly other smaller knives
Neumann, 45, who had been fired in April Killed five people in Orlando workplace shooting before turning gun on himself
Ex-workmates Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 44, Kevin Lawson, 46, Kevin Clark, 53, Jeffrey Roberts, 57 and Robert Snyder, 69 were all killed mostly with head shots, some were shot multiple times
The suspect ultimately turned the gun on himself at the Fiamma RV awning company, Orlando
Neumann’s prior criminal history included marijuana possession, DUI and misdemeanor battery charges
John Robert Neumann Jr: The many mugshots of a killer
A disgruntled ex-employee shot five people dead on Monday at the Orlando, Fla., business that fired him in April, authorities said.
The suspect, armed with a handgun and a knife, before turning the gun on himself at the Fiamma RV awning company, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said in a news conference.
Crime scene: The Fiamma RV shop in Orlando, Fla
Army veteran John Robert Neumann Jr., 45, entered a rear door of the Fiamma Inc. RV awning company armed with a semiautomatic pistol, a large hunting knife and possibly other smaller knives before he ultimately shot himself, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.
The shooting happened in multiple locations at the business, Demings said. There were about 12 employees inside the building at the time of the shooting. Eight witnesses survived, including one person who may not have been an employee.
There was no indication Neumann who was honorably discharged from the Army in 1999 had used the knife to attack any of his victims, Demings said.
Victim: Kevin Clark was one of the employees Neumann shot and killed during his rampage
Neumann who had been fired in April from his job at a Florida company opened fire June 5, 2017 at the Orlando-area business, 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. Demings said the incident was being treated as a “workplace violence incident” and did not appear to have any links to terror.
Police identified victims of the killing spree as Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 44, Kevin Lawson, 46, Kevin Clark, 53, Jeffrey Roberts, 57 and Robert Snyder, 69. Most of them were shot in the head, Demings said, with some shot multiple times.
The suspect was previously the subject of a case of workplace violence at Fiamma three years ago. In June 2014, the shooter “allegedly battered another employee,” Demings said. However, no charges were filed at the time.
Sheriff Demings also said there was nothing to indicate that the shooting was related to terrorism, and that it’s likely a ‘workplace violence incident’.
Orange County sheriff Jerry Demings addressing the media on Monday morning’s shooting in Orlando, Fla
The governor said he’d been briefed on the incident and remained in touch with law enforcement.
“Over the past year, the Orlando community has been challenged like never before,” Scott said in a statement.
Overcome by the gruesome scene, a Law enforcement official wipes her eyes at the entrance to the shooting crime scene in Orlando, Fla, June 5
The FBI joint terrorism task force also has an official on the scene, aiding in the investigation.
Authorities closed the road near the scene and have urged motorists to ‘use caution’. .
The shooter, John Neumann Jr
John Robert Neumann Jr., the 45-year-old gunman has a “minor” criminal history, including charges of possession of marijuana, driving under the influence and misdemeanor battery, has been arrested several times in multiple Florida counties since 1995.
In August, 1995 Neumann was charged with fleeing from a law enforcement, causing a high speed chase, willfully fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. He pled guilty including charges of running a stop sign, driving without a seatbelt and driving with a suspended license.to all of those charges and was sentenced to probation. In 2000, he was charged with violating his probation and spent nine days in jail.
In December 1999, Neumann was charged with theft, felony driving with a suspended license, giving a false name and driving without insurance or a registration in Seminole County and sentenced to 60 days in jail.
That incident was followed with felony possession of stolen property in March 2003 along with felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, habitual driving with a stolen license in the Seminole County which fetched a total of 13 months in jail.