Afghan war veteran shot 4 people including a baby in Florida
An Afghan and Iraqi war veteran opened fire at a house near Lakeland on Sunday. According to official information, five people received bullet wounds.
Four of the victims died on the spot before the arrival of the police and doctors. Among the dead are a 3-month-old baby and an 11-year-old girl.
Investigators could not immediately say what prompted the rampage, which they said began around 4:30 a.m. Sheriff Judd said that so far, his department’s investigation had found “zero connection” between the gunman and the victims.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a mass shooting. Five people were shot on Socrum Loop Rd. 4 of them were killed one of which was a 3-month-old. An 11-year-old girl was shot at least 7 times and is in Tampa General Hospital expected to survive. @WESH pic.twitter.com/OsmdVTFeA7— Senait Gebregiorgis (@SenaitTV) September 5, 2021
The shooter was identified as 33-year-old Bryan J. Riley of Brandon. During the early stages of the investigation, the suspect showed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said during a press conference that Riley remained aggressive even after his arrest.
“They begged for their lives and I killed them anyway,” Judd said Riley told them during an interrogation.
Riley faces four counts of first-degree murder, a charge of attempted murder in the first degree with a weapon, a second-degree arson charge, two counts of armed burglary and seven counts of attempted murder of law enforcement. His first appearance is expected to be Monday.
Image: Polk County Sheriff's Office