Florida shooting: man kills six grandchildren and daughter in murder-suicide
A grandad shot dead his six grandchildren and his daughter then turned the gun on himself in a horrific mass shooting.
Don Spirit, 51, called emergency services and revealed he was considering doing harm to himself and others, according to USA Today.
When police in Florida arrived at his home at about 4 pm yesterday they found his six grandchildren dead as well as his daughter Sarah.
Spirit, who had a criminal record, then killed himself while police were at the scene near Bell, a small town in the north of Florida.
Local sheriff Robert Schultz said: “I haven’t handled something like this at all.
“And to say this community is not going to be devastated by this … for a small county, we’re all family here.
“There’s certain things in life you can explain, there’s some things you can’t. This is something you can’t explain.”
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Spirit accidentally shot dead his eight-year-old son Kyle in a hunting accident in 2001.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and was sentenced to three years in prison.