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.