(ORLANDO SENTINEL) A 51-year-old man shot his daughter and six grandchildren to death before turning the gun on himself at a home in the northern Florida town of Bell, authorities said Thursday.
The gunman was identified as Donald C. Spirit, who killed his 8-year-old son in a 2001 hunting accident in Osceola County, officials said.
Deputies received the 911 call from Spirit about 4 p.m. and made contact with him when they got on scene. Spirit then committed suicide, the sheriff said. Deputies then found his daughter and grandchildren dead inside the home, said Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz III.
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