Florida man fatally shoots daughter, 6 grandchildren

Florida man fatally shoots daughter, 6 grandchildren
A grandfather shot his daughter and her six children in Bell, Florida on Thursday. The local Sheriff's Office said the incident was an apparent murder-suicide. The children ranged from three months to 11 years in age.

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The shooter was identified as Don Charles Spirit, who shot his daughter and grandchildren before taking his own life, the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office confirmed during a press conference.

The mother of the children was identified as Sarah Spirit, according to Action News Jacksonville.

Police received a call about the shooting around 4 p.m. local time, the Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page.

The grandfather committed suicide as a responding deputy made contact with him, Sheriff Robert Schultz said.

Local authorities released a list of the victims’ names and birthdays.

The incident took place at Spirit's home in the small town of Bell, off a rural road located a couple miles from US 129. Bell has a population of 350 people and is located 30 miles (48 km) west of Gainesville.