As we mentioned earlier, a shooting broke out at SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida. Initial reports stated “several” people were down.
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) January 23, 2019
WFLA is reporting that “several people are down” according to the Sebring Police Dept after reports of an armed person inside a SunTrust Bank. Suspect in Custody
— BreakinNewz (@BreakinNewz01) January 23, 2019
UPDATE: Sheriff’s office says Florida bank shooting suspect contacted police and advised them that he had fired shots in the bank; after being engaged by a SWAT team, the suspect surrendered. https://t.co/xWZhT2snqO
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 23, 2019
We now have updates.
The Sebring Police Department said on Facebook that officers responded to the SunTrust Bank branch located at 1901 US 27 South around 12.36pm.
Authorities said the suspect, identified as Zephen Xaver, had called dispatch to report that he had fired shots inside the bank.
Sadly, there are multiple fatalities to report:
Initial reports said multiple people had been injured during the shooting, but authorities confirmed during a press conference that five people had been ‘senselessly murdered’.
The identities of the victims have not been released pending notification of next of kin.
It’s unclear if those killed consists of bank employees or customers inside the bank during the incident.
Sebring police and deputies from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and established a perimeter.
No word yet on the motive behind this absolutely heinous act.