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.
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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.”