Former employee opens fire at Orlando office tower

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  1. TxEMTP69

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_orlando_office_shooting

    ORLANDO, Fla. – A gunman opened fire Friday in the offices of an engineering firm where he was let go more than two years ago. At least six people were hurt and police were searching for a gunman in a sport utility vehicle.
    People streamed out of the 16-story Legion Place office building around lunchtime and some told local television stations they had barricaded themselves inside their offices.
    Orlando Fire Department District Chief Michael Droege said an unknown number of people were still in the building and could be injured. He said the SWAT team was trying to pull people out.
    "The building is not secure now," he said. "It's still unfolding."
    Orlando police spokeswoman Barbara Jones identified the gunman as Jason Rodriguez, 40, and said he might be in a 2002 silver Nissan SUV with license plate D119UX. She said he used to work at the building but did not say where or when he left.
    "I would consider him armed and dangerous," Jones said. She said at least five people were taken to a hospital and another had chest pains but did not go to the hospital. Orlando Regional Medical Center said four people were being treated in the emergency department.
    She confirmed witnesses told police the shooting started at Reynolds Smith & Hill, a transportation engineering consulting firm in the building.
    Company spokesman Mike Bernof told CNN all the people shot were in the firm's office. He could not say if any died.
    Rodriguez, an engineer, was released in June 2007 for performance issues, Bernof said. He could not say why. The firm performs transportation engineering work with the Florida Department of Transportation.
    Gerry Gilgo, who works on the floor where the shooting occurred, told The Associated Press she was meeting a co-worker at the elevators for lunch.
    "She yelled, 'There are gunshots! There are gunshots! Get back in your office,'" Gilgo said.
    Will Halpern, an attorney works on the building's 17th floor, was among the last group to be evacuated. He said the lobby was filled with about 20 officers in SWAT gear, carrying assault weapons, ready to search.
    Interstate 4 was closed in both directions through downtown and nearby schools were locked down.
    Rows of ambulances lined up outside the building as police snipers took up positions around the building and officers on foot and horseback searched the area.
     


  2. Big country

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    Why do people do this sh*t!:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:
     
  3. MadMo44Mag

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    Because some folks where born with the dumb-ass gene and a few others get infected with it.
     
  4. Texas1911

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    They sit around and bake in it, then they get worked up enough to the point that they think there is no other option, and they go and do it.

    But it's the gun's fault. It probably talked him into it.
     
  5. Big country

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    I'm glad that only a few have this gene
    Oh yeah I learned about this in my level lll class after they sit around pissed off for a day or so they get the idea that they will feel better or fix the problem if they just kill that guy that got them fired. Or that HR person that laid them off. The problem is that they either get the taste of blood in there mouth and don't want to stop, or they get stopped by a security guard or other employee and to get "that person" they have to shoot that person so on and so fourth.
     
  6. Texas1911

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    Anyone that has dealt with anger or stress has gone down the same road. If you sit there and freak out then you corner yourself in your mind, and you leave only one way out.

    Most people just go on, but some people snap and go and do this crap.
     
  7. Big country

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    Unfortunately we all have our own demons. But I bet had someone in that office building had a CCW they could have stopped this sooner.
     
  8. Oldfalguy

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    Shameful that there is rarely ever a chl holder within range whenever this sort crap happens- Heck, even if there was and the threat was stopped do any of us really think it would be properly reported?
    Nope-
     

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