The gunman who killed five people before taking his own life at Orlando Fiamma Inc., Monday morning has been identified as 45-year-old John Robert Neumann Jr.
Neumann reportedly killed five people at the Fiamma Inc. RV awning company, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said. The business fired him in April, supporting the “disgruntled employee” ID that News 6 WKMG/ClickOrlando reported.
Neumann is said to have been armed with a handgun, a large hunting knife and a smaller knife during the attack. The suspect did not appear to have a concealed weapons permit, according to police.
Eight individuals survived the attack, with one witness claiming that the shooter told her to leave, the sheriff said.
Neumann, who lived alone, was previously the subject of a June 2014 workplace violence incident in which he “allegedly battered another employee,” Demings said. No charges were ultimately brought. His criminal history also included marijuana possession, DUI and misdemeanor battery charges, according to police. It does not appear as if he was involved with a terror organization.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said he had been briefed on the incident and was coordinating with law enforcement.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said, “The individual in question is a former employee. He was fired sometime in April of this year. He was a disgruntled employee who came back here this morning.”
Demings said Neumann lived alone in the Orlando area and did not have family nearby. He was an army veteran who was honorably discharged in 1999. Per online records, Neumann live in Maitland, Florida, and has also lived in Winter Springs.
Police say they are preparing a search warrant for Neumann’s home as part of the ongoing investigation.
His former employer, Fiamma Inc., is an Orlando-based company that makes awnings for residential vehicles and campers, according to the company website:
FIAMMA is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of RV awnings for motor coaches, fifth-wheels, trailers, camper vans, and sport utility vehicles. FIAMMA awnings combine durability, corrosion resistance, and aerodynamic design. The result is a light-weight, very pleasing, and long lasting design that has made FIAMMA a top producer of awnings for over 30 years. Manufactured with hand-built craftsmanship, FIAMMA takes pride in producing products for our customers, which are easy to operate with minimal upkeep and maintenance.
This is the second major shooting in the city in just under a year. On June 12, 2016, 49 people were massacred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
According to a recent reports, there have been 181 mass shootings in the United States in 2017.