Gunman surrenders after killing five in central Florida bank

Gunman Who Killed 5 In Florida Bank Surrenders Police

Lone survivor of Florida bank massacre ran out a back door to escape

An employee inside the Florida bank where a 21-year-old gunman killed five woman execution-style was able to escape out a back door, police said.

At least five people were killed inside a SunTrust Bank branch by a 21-year-old gunman who authorities said committed Florida's latest mass shooting on Wednesday. Xaver later surrendered to the SWAT team, according to the sheriff's office. Investigators say they have no known motive for the massacre inside the bank, and say he had no apparent connection to the women or the bank. "We've suffered a significant loss at the hands of a senseless criminal doing a senseless crime". The victims' identities have not yet been released, Hoglund said. It was not clear whether anyone was wounded.

After allegedly killing the women, Xaver called 911 from inside the bank and told them, "I have shot five people".

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, centre, gestures as he speaks during a news conference alongside Sebring police chief Karl Hoglund, left, and Highlands County sheriff Paul Blackman, right.

Florida Department of Corrections records cited by ABC6 show that Xaver was hired as a trainee prison guard at Avon Park Correctional Institution on November 2 and on January 9 he quit.

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The Bremen Police Department report said the Bremen High School Principal contacted police after Xaver reported having the dream the previous night and again during a nap at school.

Xaver has no apparent criminal record in the areas where he's lived in IN and Florida, and his school records are spotty: Two school districts in northern in said he attended for several years but did not graduate.

Police responded to the bank after the suspect called authorities around 12:36 p.m. ET and said he had opened fire inside, officials said at a press conference.

As NPR has reported, Zephen Xaver was an online student of Utah-based Stevens-Henager College from September until December 2018, when he withdrew.

"I've directed [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] to provide the necessary resources at the state level to assist with the ongoing investigation". The four-lane highway passes through farming communities and small towns as it connects South Florida and central Florida. She said he's always been fascinated with the idea of killing, but no one took her warnings about him seriously. They lived in a nondescript pre-fabricated home about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the bank.

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She was also quoted by the Washington Post as saying that last week Mr Xaver told her he had bought a gun. She added, however, that no-one took her warnings seriously. On Wednesday night, it was swarming with wailing police cars, buzzing helicopters and media vehicles.

John Larose, who lives next door, told The Associated Press that Xaver and his mother had moved in several months ago.

Neighbor and family friend Sharon Spillane said the suspect's family are "just absolutely normal people".

SunTrust Banks chairman and chief executive Bill Rogers said on Wednesday that bank officials were working with law enforcement and addressing the needs of all individuals and families involved. "Our entire team mourns this awful loss", Chairman and CEO Bill Rogers said.

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