Friday, November 06, 2009

What the Hell Is Wrong With People?

A developing situation in Orlando, Florida brings troubling news. At least two people are reported dead and several other are seriously injured after someone opened fire in the Gateway Center building this afternoon. Police are still looking for the gunman.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that four of the eight people wounded were in trauma condition. Two people have died, according to WFTV, Orlando's ABC affiliate.

The shooter hasn't been taken into custody. Local news outlets reported the armed man is wearing a light blue polo shirt with jeans.

The Sentinel reported that bodies were found on the 12th and 8th of the building, which has 16 floors.

The shooting occurred at a building called Legions Place, which is near Interstate 4 and Lake Ivanhoe, on the northern edge of downtown.

Interstate 4 eastbound was shut down.
Bodies found on two separate floors might indicate a personal nature of the attacks - against specific individuals or a specific business within the building. That might be a disgruntled employee, but at this point it is too early to tell.

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that a witness claims that it was an ex-employee who came into the building and opened fire.
Office workers are still inside. They have barricaded themselves inside and have received little information from authorities on whether it's safe to leave. One woman inside the building said they have been told the shooting possibly took place on the fourth or eighth floor.

"We've got everybody in one office, with the door barricaded with a chest of drawers. There are about 20 of us in here. We're scared," said one woman who is inside the building. She asked her name and that of her business not be used because she fears for her life.

"We're watching TV, trying to see what is going on, but we really don't know. We're scared. We're safe right now, but we're scared," she said.

Officers with assault rifles are looking for a suspect with blue shirt and blue jeans. Many have their weapons pointed at the parking garage.

There is a heavy police presence near Lake Ivanhoe and traffic is being diverted.

Orlando police and orange county sheriffs deputies have blocked roads near the Orlando Chamber of Commerce and the Radisson hotel. All of the businesses between Marks Road south to Colonial Drive are evacuated.

A witness has told WFTV that a man who previously worked in the building walked inside and opened fire.
Law enforcement is searching for 40 year old Jason Rodriguez, who was driving a 2002 silver Nissan SUV. No confirmed deaths at this point, so earlier reports may be inaccurate. Gunfire erupted on the 4th, 8th, and 12th floors of the building. He was a former employee at Reynolds Smith & Hill [ed: corrected 11/10/2009, after receiving email from Jennifer Wislocki, 2nd Vice President, Communications & Sponsorships at Travelers.]

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