A man shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren at his Florida home yesterday before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, according to local law enforcement officials. The incident occurred in Gilchrist County in a small town about 30 miles west of Gainesville.
Gilchrist County sheriff Robert Schultz said that the killed was 51-year-old Don Spririt. Police were alerted to the incident by a town resident who called 911 at round 4PM claiming that Mr. Spirit was making threats against his family and himself. He was alive when the first sheriff’s deputy arrived at the house, Sheriff Shultz said, but killed himself shortly after.
The identities of the victims were released by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office late Thursday: Alana Stewart, 3 months old; Brandon Stewart, 4; Destiny Stewart, 5; Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8; Kylie Kuhlmann, 9; Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11; and Sarah Lorraine Spirit, 28.
“There’s still a lot of unanswered questions,” Sheriff Shultz said. “There’s going to be questions that we’re never going to get answered.” He refused to divulge more details about Mr. Spirit or when he first made contact with the deputies. He also wouldn’t say exactly where the victims were found, although he did say that “they were certainly all over on the property.”
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