Fort Lauderdale (USA), Sep 6 (AP) A gunman reportedly shot and killed four people in Florida, US. A Florida sheriff said the gunman was so aggressive that he tried to snatch a gun from an officer in the hospital even after being caught. Paul County Sheriff Grady Judd said it appears 33-year-old Brian Riley was suffering from mental health issues, worsening over the past few weeks, and was asking his girlfriend to talk to God.
Judd said officers found an 11-year-old girl who had been shot multiple times after an encounter with police in Lakeland. At the same time, the bodies of three more people were recovered, including 33 women, who were carrying a three-month-old baby in their hands. The child has also died. The child’s 62-year-old grandmother also died in the shootout.
Judd told a news conference on Sunday that Riley had worked as a “sharp shooter” in Iraq and Afghanistan, and targeted the family without hesitation and without any past rivalry.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that Riley told 40-year-old Gilson on Saturday night that God had sent her to him because Gilson’s daughter was about to commit suicide. At the same time, another unknown person had warned Riley about doing such things and said that if he does not leave from here, the police will be called. But by the time the police reached the spot, Riley had left. About nine hours later, at 4.30 a.m. Riley returned to the victims’ home, and shortly after, when gunshots were heard, officers rushed to the scene, where they found Riley’s truck on fire and standing outside without any weapons. . Soon after, Riley ran inside and heard gunshots and “a woman screaming and a child crying.”
Judd said officers tried to enter but there were too many barricades. As soon as he entered, he opened fire on Riley, but he was wearing full body armor including head and knee ‘pads’ and a bulletproof jacket. After a while Riley came out and agreed to surrender. After this, the officers went to the house and saw, apart from three people of the same family, they also found the body of Gilson and his dog there. There is no information about Gilson’s connection to this family yet.
Jude told that Riley said during interrogation, “He begged me to release him but I killed him.” After this, Riley also tried to snatch an officer’s gun in the hospital. After recovery, he will be sent to jail.
“Before this morning this man was a hero,” Jude said. He fought for the country in Iraq and Afghanistan. This morning he is a murderer.”
AP Niharika Mansi