A self-proclaimed survivor in body armor shot and killed four people, including a woman and her 3-month-old baby boy in her arms, before surrendering to police in central Florida on Sunday, officials said.
The gunman, identified as Bryan Riley, 33, a former U.S. Marine, also injured an 11-year-old girl who was undergoing surgery for seven gunshot injuries, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told a news conference.
Riley, who had no connection with the victims, had a gunfight with police before giving up, and later tried to grab a police officer’s gun while he was being treated in hospital for his own gunshot wound, before being subdued again, said Judd.
Riley, a veteran of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, worked as a bodyguard and security guard. His four-year-old girlfriend told researchers he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and occasional depression, Judd said.
About a week ago, his mental health deteriorated and he told his girlfriend that he had started talking to God, Judd said.
“He said to our detectives at one point, ‘They begged for their lives and I killed them anyway,'” Judd said at a second news conference.
Riley also told sheriff’s officers that he was high on methamphetamine, Judd said. 40-year-old man, the 33-year-old mother and her infant son, Judd said:
In the house next door, he also killed the woman’s 62-year-old mother, Judd said. reports of two salvos of automatic rifle fire arrived to find the suspect outside unarmed, wearing camouflage and body armor
Riley then went back inside and “we heard another volley, and a woman screaming, and a baby crying,” Judd said. A firefight ensued before he came out unarmed and was arrested. “It would have been nice if he would have come out with a gun… We would have shot him a lot
But he didn’t because he was a coward,” Judd said. “If someone chooses to give up, we take them into custody peacefully.”
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