The previous jail guard who confessed to fatally taking pictures 5 ladies in a Florida financial institution Wednesday had no connection to his victims or the financial institution, police stated.

Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund stated officers do not know why 21-year-old Zephen Xaver focused the SunTrust Financial institution department and “shot everybody within the financial institution.”

He stated at a information convention Thursday that Xaver entered the financial institution round 12:30 p.m. Wednesday with a gun and opened fireplace, killing 4 feminine staff and one buyer contained in the financial institution on the time. Nobody else was contained in the financial institution.

“After taking pictures them, he referred to as 911 [and] advised dispatchers that he’d killed everybody within the financial institution,” Hoglund stated.


When police arrived on the scene, the doorways had been locked and Xaver wouldn’t enable authorities into the constructing after greater than an hour of negotiations. Finally, Xaver surrendered to authorities.

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By the point a SWAT workforce breached the constructing “all of the victims had succumbed to their accidents,” Hoglund stated.

A police affidavit stated all 5 ladies had been discovered mendacity face down within the financial institution’s foyer with gunshot wounds to the again of their heads. Shell casings from the Xaver’s 9 mm handgun had been scattered on the ground.

The SWAT workforce discovered Xaver in an workplace within the rear of the constructing and he was taken into custody with out incident. He has been charged with 5 counts of premeditated homicide.

He was ordered held with out bond Thursday.

Authorities withheld the identities of three of the victims, citing Florida’s new state regulation that stops disclosure of knowledge that can be utilized to harass or find victims or their kin.

Hoglund did establish two of the victims as Cynthia Watson, a 65-year-old financial institution buyer, and Marisol Lopez, a 55-year-old financial institution worker.


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Police stated Xaver, 21, had moved to Florida from Indiana lower than a yr in the past and had been fired as a trainee jail guard at Avon Park Correctional Establishment on Nov. 2. He resigned Jan. 9 and had no disciplinary points, Florida Division of Corrections data present.

A girl who recognized herself as Xaver’s ex-girlfriend advised a tv station he had lengthy been fascinated with the thought of killing individuals.

Florida law enforcement responded to a bank Wednesday afternoon after a suspect claimed to dispatch that he’d opened fire inside, authorities said.

Florida regulation enforcement responded to a financial institution Wednesday afternoon after a suspect claimed to dispatch that he’d opened fireplace inside, authorities stated.
(Highlands Information – Solar)

Alex Gerlach advised WSBT-TV, in South Bend, Indiana, that Xaver “for some cause all the time hated individuals and wished all people to die.”

“He received kicked out of faculty for having a dream that he killed all people in his class, and he’s been threatening this for thus lengthy, and he’s been having goals about it and every thing,” she stated. “Each single particular person I’ve advised has not taken it severely, and it’s very unlucky that it needed to come to this.”

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Gerlach advised The Washington Submit that Xaver stated he bought a gun final week and “nobody thought something of it” as a result of he had all the time preferred weapons.


This was at the very least the fourth mass taking pictures in Florida, with 5 or extra useless, within the final three years. A gunman killed 49 at an Orlando nightclub in 2016, 5 died on the Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017 and 17 died in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in a Fort Lauderdale suburb.

SunTrust Chairman and CEO Invoice Rogers launched an announcement saying the financial institution was “working with officers and dedicating ourselves to totally addressing the wants of all of the people and households concerned.”

The financial institution’s “complete workforce mourns this horrible loss,” he stated.


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