Gunman kills self, four children in US stand-off

4 children held hostage killed; gunman kills self

A almost 24-hour stand-off ended in tragedy late Monday, with the discovery that four children had been killed by a man suspected of shooting a police officer at the west Orlando residential complex.

Orlando police Chief John Mina said at a press conference just before midnight that the suspect, who was identified as 35-year-old Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr., was found dead in a closet when officers entered the apartment almost 24 hours after the standoff began. The attorney did not reveal the last names of the children.

Four children and one man are dead after a 20-hour standoff between police and a suspect who had barricaded himself inside an apartment with the children on Monday.

"It is a tragic ending to a night of horror", attorney Walter Benenati wrote on a GoFundMe page.

Benenati said the oldest child, a boy named Irayan, loved video games and was an overachiever at school. Two of the children were Lindsey's and two were his girlfriend's, police said.

Mina noted that law enforcement initially responded to a domestic violence call from Lindsey's girlfriend on Sunday, and that's when Lindsey, 35, reportedly shot at officers upon arrival, striking one of them.

Benenati, who employs the woman's father, has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for funeral expenses. The page can be found here.

He was arrested four times on probation violations after that and allowed to move to Orange County to be closer to his infant son, and the court required him to undergo a medical evaluation for mental illness.

But Miguel Lopez, another neighbor in the apartment complex near Universal Orlando Resort, said his interactions with Lindsey were "weird".

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"Hell, yes, I was absolutely terrified", she told the AP.

Officer Kevin Valencia was in critical condition but was expected to survive, Orlando police Chief John Mina said. Valencia is in his late 20s and has been with the police department since 2016.

On Dec. 16, 2008, Lindsey said he need to retrieve a tool from Rondinelli's front porch, which she said he could come get, according to the deposition.

But Lopez said his interactions with Lindsey were "weird". "Whenever we'd say, 'Hi". Lopez shook his head.

On Tuesday, blue tarps covered the apartment building's back windows where SWAT officers apparently had made entry. He was a felon on probation for arson among other charges. The woman claimed that she had managed to escape the apartment and flee to a nearby restaurant, where she called police.

The hostage situation began when the girlfriend of Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr. left the apartment and told police she had been battered.

As Rondinelli was leaving with her dogs, she saw Lindsey, 25 at the time, carrying two gasoline cans into the house, according to the report.

The standoff also disrupted the routines of residents who lived in neighboring apartment communities.

Almeida said he didn't know Lindsey personally but would see him wearing a gas mask and spray-painting items beside a tree outside his apartment building. "He didn't look like anyone who would cause trouble. You can't judge a book by its cover".



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