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Wed Jun 7, 2017
One of the five victims who was fatally shot by a disgruntled former co-worker at Fiamma, Inc. was afraid that John Robert Neumann, Jr. might seek revenge for being fired, according to WKMG, a CBS affiliate.
Police say that Neumann, 45, singled out five people who worked at the Orlando, Florida RV awning manufacturer and shot them all in the head before killing himself at the sound of approaching police sirens. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says that Neumann acted alone and did not belong to any terrorist organization.
"My experience tells me that this individual made deliberate thought to do what he did today," Demings told the CBS affiliate. "He had a plan of action."
Neumann was fired in April after what a victim's friend said was violent tendencies and a history of starting fights with other employees. Neumann had been confronted by authorities once before at the Fiamma headquarters in June 2014 over an accusation of battery. No charged were filed in that case, but the co-worker in that incident reported that Neumann punched him in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground.
That particular co-worker was not one of the victims in the shooting, authorities say.
Authorities were called on Monday, June 5 at 8:03 a.m. at the industrial area on North Forsyth Road in Orlando. First responders arrived within two minutes from the dispatch.
"I can tell you it was a coordinated effort along with the sheriff's office," Orange County Fire Rescue Chief Otto Drozd told Orlando News 6. "As soon as the scene was cleared, less than three minutes later, the patients were being assessed. The initial four victims, along with the shooter, were declared to have injuries incompatible with life. The sixth person was assessed and moved off the scene en route to the hospital within just a few minutes and was given the best opportunity at survival because of the coordination between the Sheriff's Office and fire rescue."
Only 12 people were inside working at the Fiamma plant when Neumann entered the building. He reportedly told an intern to leave and then went on with his targets. Seven people inside the plant were not harmed.
Kevin Clark, 53, who worked as the logistics manager of sales. Clark leaves behind two teenagers, who lost their mother six years ago. His 14-year-old daughter was a cheerleader and his 18-year-old son was a football player for Lyman High School, according to a story by Heavy.com.
According to a GoFundMe Account set up for Clark's memory, "Kevin Clark was a wonderful man and an absolutely amazing, supportive and loving father, who will be missed by many."
Clark was taken to a hospital after the shooting, where he later died.
Kevin Lawson, 57, worked in the shipping and receiving department. He was originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, lived in Orlando suburb Longwood and was married with four daughters and two granddaughters.
Robert Snyder, 69, was just a year away from his retirement as a manager at the company. He was a skilled billiards player, who played pool every Thursday in a pool league for 25 years, according to a local bar owner. Snyder leaves behind a wife, children and several grandchildren.
Jeff Roberts, 57, was the sales manager at the company since January, but had been with the company in other positions for several years.
Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 44, was a front desk employee with the business. A man who knew her reported that "she's the sweetest woman in the whole world," according to Heavy.com.
Neumann lived alone in a mobile home in neaby Maitland next to a funeral home, a used car lot and a dog-grooming business. He had no family in the area and according to a neighbor, was not particularly social.
For more information on the shooting and the victims, visit the link below.
Photo - Neumann, from a mugshot at an unknown time