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A former sniper kills four people, including a baby, in a shooting in Florida


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A former US Army sniper opened fire in central Florida, killing four people, including a baby in his mother’s arms, authorities said Sunday.

The suspect, identified as Bryan Riley, 33, shot and killed a 40-year-old man, a 33-year-old woman and her three-month-old son in a residential area of ​​Polk County, Florida, County Sheriff Grady Judd said. The fourth victim was the child’s 62-year-old grandmother.

Riley, who was wearing a full bulletproof vest, also wounded an 11-year-old girl before turning herself in to police after a heavy shooting, Judd said.

Riley, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, told police he was a “survivor” and that he had been using methamphetamine.

According to a statement from Judd posted on social media, the suspect also told police, without giving further details: “You know why I did this.”

Riley was injured in the shooting and was taken to a local hospital, where he again tried to attack police officers and had to be sedated.

After receiving medical assistance, the suspect was transferred to a local jail. It was not immediately clear what triggered the attack, Judd said. The investigation is ongoing.

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