At least 5 dead in shooting at Florida bank, suspect in custody: Police


Posted on: January 23rd, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Fedorovekb/iStock(SEBRING, Fla.) — At least five people wre killed when a gunman opened fire in a SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida, on Wednesday, police said.

The 21-year-old suspect barricaded himself inside before later surrendering to authorities, police said.

The suspect had contacted authorities and told them that he fired shots inside the bank, sending officers rushing to the scene, the Sebring Police Department said.

Negotiations to get the barricaded suspect to leave weren’t successful, police said, so a SWAT team was sent in. Negotiations then continued, police said, and the “suspect eventually surrendered.”

Police did not immediately release information on possible injuries to the suspect or others, but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted, “Please continue to keep the victims and their families in your prayers.”

“The situation is confined to the bank and there is no danger to the surrounding area,” police said.

Sebring is located about 90 miles south of Orlando.

A SunTrust Bank spokesperson said, “We are working closely with officials and seeking to take care of everyone affected at our Sebring, Florida branch.”

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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