A man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at a home in a small town in North Florida Thursday, a sheriff said.
Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz at a news conference identified the man as 51-year-old Don Spirit. He said the children ranged in age from 3 months to 10 years old. He would not say if woman killed was the mother of the children.
Schultz said a deputy who arrived on a report of a shooting Thursday made contact with Spirit who later committed suicide.
He said Spirit was the only suspect and that some people were left alive at the home.
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He would not identify those killed.
A photo on the Gainesville Sun's website shows several police vehicles on a rural road. A sheriff's deputy was keeping people away behind police tape.
Bell is a town of just 350 people about 30 miles west of Gainesville.