A Florida man shot and killed four people, including a four-year-old girl, and wounded a fifth as other children “hid under their blankets,” police said.
Shavell Jordan Jones, 23, opened fire on his girlfriend and her family, including his mother and young niece, around 4 a.m. Friday after an argument at his home on Myers Drive in eastern Orange County, the local sheriff’s office said later that day.
Police responded to the gruesome scene after the fifth injured victim, who survived, was able to escape and run to a neighbor’s home who called 911.
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home and found the three women and the four-year-old girl dead from apparent gunshot wounds to the head, Sheriff John Mina told reporters. Jones then turned the gun on himself, but survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was taken to a nearby hospital, Mina said.
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According to Mina, Jones and his 29-year-old girlfriend had argued through the night and Jones began removing his belongings from inside.
He returned shortly after and allegedly began shooting. Jones allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, his 28-year-old sister, his 49-year-old mother and his 4-year-old niece. He also injured his girlfriend’s other sister, who is in her 20s and was able to run into a neighboring house, police said.
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As the shooting unfolded, it was discovered that two other boys, a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old whose twin had been killed, had been “hiding under the blankets when the shooting started,” Mina said.
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Police said Jones has no prior criminal record other than failing to appear on a minor charge. Investigators said there is no known history of domestic violence in the home.
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Mina said it is “too early to tell” if Jones will survive the self-inflicted wound, but said the suspect would be charged with the murders if he does.