5 dead in Florida bank shooting, Suspect in custody.

7 month ago

Sebring news, Florida news.

At least five people were killed when a man opened fire Wednesday afternoon in a bank in Sebring, Florida.

The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Zephen Xavier, called the police and bluntly told a dispatcher that he has opened fire and killed 5 people in SunTrust Bank in Sebring, about 85 miles south of Orlando.

He barricaded himself inside and when negotiations failed, the SWAT team burst in, capturing Xaver and discovering the bodies, police said.

Investigators did not offer a possible motive, and a police spokesperson said he did not know if the attack began as a robbery. The victims were not immediately identified as families are still being notified.

The shooting and standoff closed the city's main street in both directions.

Xaver was hired in November as a correctional officer trainee at Avon Park Correctional Institution. He had no disciplinary history with the agency and resigned without explanation on Jan. 9, a Florida Department of Corrections spokesman said.

Xaver remained in custody without bail.

More details about the shooting would be released soon.