SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A woman and her boyfriend were arguing over property before he fatally shot her and also shot five others, including her two grade-school age sons, police in Florida said Monday.
The woman and the gunman were arguing about property Monday morning at a gas station, and the woman approached a police officer about it, said Officer Bianca Gillett, a spokeswoman for the Sanford Police Department.
The officer settled them down, but sometime later an officer was called to the home in the Orlando suburb of Sanford, where the argument had flared up again. While there, the woman, who wasn't immediately identified, gave the officer a bag of possessions that included a firearm. The argument died down and the officer left, Gillett said.
A short time later, the gunman fatally shot the woman and also shot her two sons and their grandfather. The gunman then went to a nearby street and shot two innocent bystanders, including a high school student waiting for a bus.
A police officer who was in the neighborhood heard the shots, located the gunman and was able to take him into custody, along with his weapon, Gillett said. Charges are pending against the gunman.
"This is one of the most horrific crime scenes our officers have had to encounter," Gillett said.
The boys, ages 7 and 8, and grandfather were in critical condition, and the bystanders were in stable condition, she said.