Florida Sheriff: Grandfather kills 6 grandchildren and daughter

Sep 18, 2014 6:43 PM by Debbie Cobb

BELL, Fla. (AP) - A sheriff says a man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself at a home in a small town in North Florida.

Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz at a news conference identified the man as 51-year-old Don Spirit. He says the children ranged in age from 3 months to 10 years old.

Schultz says a deputy who arrived on a report of a shooting Thursday made contact with Spirit who later committed suicide.

He says Spirit is the only suspect and that some people were left alive at the home.

A photo on the Gainesville Sun's website shows several police vehicles on a rural road. A sheriff's deputy was keeping people away behind police tape.

Bell is a town of just 350 people about 30 miles west of Gainesville.


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