Murder-Suicide: Six Kids, Two Adults Killed in FL

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BELL, FL — A Florida man shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren Thursday evening in the small north-central Florida town of Bell in what authorities called a murder-suicide.

The shooter has been identified as 51-year-old Don Spirit.

Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz told reporters the children ranged in age from 3 months to 10 years.

Schultz said Spirit, who called 911 around 4 p.m., killed himself after a deputy arrived on the scene.

Deputies had previously responded to calls from the home, owned by Spirit, on “numerous” occasions, officials said. Spirit had a criminal history, Schultz said.

Bell is a small town of 350 people — 30 miles west of Gainesville.