(CMR) A news team covering a murder that occurred in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday was gunned down when the suspect returned to the scene of the crime later the same day.
The 19-year-old gunman, identified as Keith Melvin Moses, killed a Spectrum 13 news reporter while another reporter has been hospitalized. Moses also shot a nine-year-old girl and her mother; the girl died while her mother is in hospital.
“No one in our community — not a mother, not a nine-year-old, and certainly not news professionals — should become the victim of gun violence in our community,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said in a news conference.
Reports are that around 11 am Wednesday, deputies rushed to a call of a shooting where they found a woman in her 20s dead from gunshot wounds. Deputies had already cleared the scene of the morning murder and left the area when the Spectrum News 13 team was covering the incident.
Around 4 pm, there were reports of two shootings, one in the same area of the morning murder and another just a block away. Police found that two men with Spectrum News 13 were gunned down by Moses, who then entered a nearby home and shot a mother and her 9-year-old child.
Spectrum News 13’s parent company, Charter Communications, said Wednesday night, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and the other lives senselessly taken today. Our thoughts are with our employee’s family, friends, and co-workers during this difficult time. We remain hopeful that our other colleague who was injured makes a full recovery. This is a terrible tragedy for the Orlando community.”
Moses was armed when he was arrested and was not cooperating with police, investigators said.