Shooters wearing body armor and described by sheriffs as “ready for battle” shot dead four people, including a toddler, early Sunday morning at two homes near Lakeland, Florida. He was detained after a shooting battle with a sheriff’s agent. , The authorities said.
The shooter, who also shot and injured an 11-year-old girl, was in an unincorporated residential area in Polk County, Florida, with an agent, including hundreds, if not hundreds, of rounds. Surrendered after being shot at least once in two shooting battles. , County Sheriff Grady Judd, said at a press conference.
Three people killed (a man, a woman, and a toddler holding a woman in her arms) were found in one house, officials said. A fourth victim, a woman, was found shot dead in another house on the same premises.
Investigators said the riots could not be triggered immediately and began around 4:30 am. They did not disclose the names of victims or shooters detained by law enforcement officers in some law enforcement agencies with tactical equipment as helicopters. I hovered over the scene. The legislator was not injured.
Sheriff Judd said he had to take medicine and detain him in an attempt to grab a police officer’s gun while the shooter was being treated in the hospital’s emergency room.
“He was ready for the fight,” Sheriff Judd said of the shooter he said he was a “survivalist” and told his agent that he was taking methamphetamine.
According to sheriffs, the 11-year-old girl had been operated on by plane to Tampa, Florida, about 35 miles southwest of Lakeland. She was “doing well,” he said, talking to the detective. No additional information about her condition was immediately available.
“She looked in the eyes of our agent and said,’There are three more dead in the house,'” Sheriff Judd said.
Around 7:30 pm on Saturday, he said, when a woman called the authorities and said a suspicious man was sitting in a parked car in the neighborhood, the first signs that something was wrong appeared. rice field.
She told them about the horrifying encounter with the man she said she said to her, “God sent me here to talk to one of your daughters.”
By the time the sheriff’s adjutant arrived about six minutes later, the man had disappeared, Sheriff Judd said.
About nine hours later, the sheriff’s lieutenant, who was making another phone call two miles away, heard two automatic shots, he said. When law enforcement officers arrived at a property with three homes, they found the truck burning.
“We saw an individual wearing full body armor and it seemed he was ready to engage us all in an active shooter situation,” Sheriff Judd said. Told.
The man retreated into the house, and the sheriff said he heard a woman screaming and a baby whispering after the policeman shot more.
The sheriff’s lieutenant tried to enter the house through the front door, but it was barricaded, the sheriff said. When he entered the house from behind, the shooter began shooting and the lieutenant returned the fire, Sheriff Judd said, and the other three lawmakers were also “pinned” during the standoffs. Added.
Sheriff Judd said investigators had found a stockpile of supplies, including a hemostatic first aid kit, on the suspect’s truck.
“Who in the world expects to play an active shooter in the neighborhood at 4:30 on Sunday morning?” He said.
He said a robot was sent to check for explosives and other booby traps before the investigators entered the house. He didn’t say if the investigator found anything.
“This is a horrifying case,” Brian Haas, a state lawyer for Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit, said at a news conference. “Our community and many families are hurt this morning.”
At a press conference, Sheriff Judd said he regretted the shooter raising his hand instead of wielding his weapon.
“If he gave us an opportunity,” he said, the legislator would “shoot him a lot,” and the authorities would “have another conversation here this morning.”
“But he was a coward, so he didn’t,” Sheriff Judd added. “See, it’s easy to shoot innocent children, babies, and people at midnight when you have and don’t have a gun. But he wasn’t a very man.”