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.