Disgruntled former employee kills 5 at workplace near Orlando

Pauline Gross
June 7, 2017

"He was certainly singling out the individuals that he shot", said Demings, who earlier described the shooting as "likely a workplace violence incident".

Hours later, she got the news she had been dreading: Her father was one of the five people killed at Fiamma.

It is believed the Orlando gunman acted alone.

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A former Fiamma Inc. employee killed five former co-workers.

Experts say identifying people with "concerning behavior" is key. "He was a warm and compassionate person".

The alleged shooter was a former Fiamma employee; a 45-year-old male who had worked at the RV supply company for an unknown number of years.

Luis Gonzalez, who works at Esperanza Shoe Repair LLC across the street, said he was outside when he heard a woman in the Fiamma parking lot. It is unclear why he specifically chose to kill these five people. "It makes no sense", Saltman said.

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Robert Snyder, 69, Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 44, Kevin Clark, 53, 57-year-old Jeffrey Roberts and Kevin Lawson, 46, were overnight named as Neumann's victims.

In a statement, Fiamma asked the public to keep all the victims in their thoughts and prayers. Seven people survived the shooting. His wife died six years ago.

Kevin Clark was "an absolutely fantastic, supportive and wonderful father" to his 14-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son, the Pop Warner league said in its fund-raising appeal. The fundraising appeal said Clark was a big supporter who "could often be found snapping pictures on the sideline during game days".

The website described Roberts as "a devoted husband, father and grandfather".

"It's insane because him and his wife are always there and I always see him leaving for work or coming home, and they're quiet", Kennedy said.

Neumann, 45, was armed with a handgun, a large hunting knife and possibly some smaller knives when he entered the business.

John Neumann Jr.'s co-worker Carlos Rodriguez filed two injunctions against Neumann in May 2014 that highlighted an ongoing dispute - one for stalking and another for repeat violence.

"Special agents from ATF Orlando Field Offices are on scene at Orlando shooting incident to assist our partners", the organization said in a Twitter message. "He then changed saying he approached John [Neumann] and when John [Neumann] went toward him aggressively he began to run and John [Neumann] hit him on the back of the head".

Rodriguez voluntarily dismissed the repeat-violence injunction, and a judge dismissed the stalking injunction for a lack of evidence.

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