Four people are dead, including a mother who was still holding her now-deceased baby in what the Florida Sheriff’s deputies call a massive shootout early Sunday with a suspect they said was “ready for.” Struggle”.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the unidentified suspect was wearing full body armor – including a bulletproof vest – when he was found outside a house in Lakeland that had been “booby-trapped”.
After two shots with police officers and MPs – with dozens of “if not hundreds of shots” exchanged, Judd said. The suspect eventually left the house, then withdrew, only to surrender.
the suspect was shot once and left the house to surrender. In the apartment, the authorities found an 11-year-old girl who had been shot several times.
She told MPs there were three dead inside, Judd said during a press conference on Sunday. He did not reveal the identity of the victims, not even that of the alleged shooter.
MPs sent robots inside to look for explosives and other traps. When it was clear, they found a mother with an infant in her arms and another unidentified victim, all dead from gunshot wounds. They also found another woman who was fatally shot in a neighboring house.
Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the shooting, but the sheriff said the suspect came across a witness about nine hours before the shooting and told her, “God sent me here to speak to one of your daughters.”
Further details about the relationship between the shooter and the victims were not disclosed.
The shooter also told authorities he was taking methamphetamines. The suspect’s vehicle had also been stocked with supplies for a shootout, authorities said, including bleeding control kits.
“He was a coward,” said Grady. “It’s easy to shoot innocent children and babies and people in the middle of the night when you have the gun and it doesn’t.”
The shooter has been hospitalized and is expected to recover.
Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in any way without permission.