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Gunman kills ‘at least five victims’ at Sebring bank before surrendering to SWAT teams

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sebring police Chief address Florida bank shooting

A gunman who opened fire inside a Florida bank Wednesday afternoon killed five people before surrendering to SWAT negotiators, police said.
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A gunman who opened fire inside a Florida bank Wednesday afternoon killed five people before surrendering to SWAT negotiators, police said.

A 21-year-old man entered a SunTrust Bank in Sebring Wednesday afternoon and shot at least five people dead, then barricaded himself in the bank before surrendering to a SWAT team.

That’s according to Sebring police and Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, who named the murder suspect as 21-year-old Sebring resident Zephen Xaver.

”We have at least five victims, people who were senselessly murdered as a result of his act in this bank,” Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

The identities of the five people killed haven’t been released yet.

A gunman entered a SunTrust Bank in Sebring, FL, Wednesday afternoon, fired shots, killed five people and barricaded himself in the bank before surrendering to a SWAT team.

After saying he’d asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to give local investigators any help they can, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said, “This individual needs to face very swift and exacting justice.”

Sebring police said a man contacted the Sebring police around 12:36 p.m. and said he’d fired shots inside the bank, drawing both Sebring police and the Sheriff’s Office to the SunTrust branch, 1901 U.S. Hwy 27 S.

“After negotiations to try to get the barricaded subject to exit the bank were not successful, the HCSO SWAT team entered the bank and continued the negotiations,” the Sebring police said. “The suspect eventually surrendered to the HCSO SWAT team.”

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