ORLANDO, Florida. – A gunman suspected of shooting two people at an Orlando hotel was shot dead by deputies after being asked to lay down his gun, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.
Deputies responded to the Heritage Hotel at 7900 South Orange Blossom Trail after receiving calls about a shooting.
“Once at the scene, our deputies located a person who had been shot. While dealing with this person, they were met by another person with a firearm,” the deputy said. Mark Canty.
When asked to lay down his gun, the man refused and a deputy was forced to shoot him, the sheriff’s office said.
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Deputies say they learned another person had been shot before they arrived at the scene. The three men were taken to hospital where deputies say two of them died. Of the two men, the deputies said one was the victim the deputies initially encountered and the other was the man shot by the deputies.
The third man remains at the hospital, the sheriff’s office said.
It is not known if the men knew each other.
“Every time someone pulls out a gun and starts shooting other people indiscriminately, the whole community is threatened. I think the good thing about this is that a lot of people have been calling us, our deputies were able to react and put themselves between innocent civilians and a Bad Boy.”
The deputy concerned will be on paid administrative leave. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will lead the investigation.