Orlando office shooter Jason Rodriguez apprehended, 1 dead, 5 shot
Sounds like we’re having viral violence as someone shot up an office in Orlando, Florida:
Eight people have been shot at an office building in downtown Orlando. Four of the eight are in trauma condition. The building is called Legions Place. Interstate 4 is shutdown eastbound.
Officers with assault rifles are looking for a suspect with blue shirt and blue jeans. Many have their weapons pointed at the parking garage.
There is a heavy police presence near Lake Ivanhoe and traffic is being diverted.
Apparently the shooter is still on the loose. More to come.
Update: 12:49 pm – 2 dead according to local station WFTV. They add that victims were on the 8th and 10th floors of the building, which suggests that the shooter, who the Orlando Sentinel says worked in the building, had targets in mind as he went from floor to floor.
1:05 pm – Orlando PD via MSNBC press conference confirms one shooter at this time. It’s always a lone gunman, isn’t it? 2 dead included in the 8. One of the wounded had a cardiac condition and is in stable condition.
1:20 pm – Shooter identified as Jason Rodriguez on MSNBC porting in local TV news.
2:05 pm – On MSNBC, spokesman for Rodriguez’s former employer, an architectural engineering firm called Reynolds, Smith, and Hill, just said that he was terminated for performance issues, although they were making cutbacks at the same time. Termination in June 2007, which is a long time for this guy to be stewing. If anyone employed him in the interim, I’d lock down their offices right now, too. He also said that their offices are only on one floor.
2:23 pm – Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando says shooter Jason Rodriguez has been arrested, at his mother’s home by Orlando police adds city’s police chief. 5 shooting victims, 1 person with chest pains, 1 confirmed death. Hope the numbers stay that low.