Shooting in downtown Orlando office building leaves two dead

By Calvin Palmer

A gunman opened fire in an office building in downtown Orlando this morning, killing two people and wounding 17 others.

Orlando Police named the suspect as Jason Rodriguez, 40. He is believed to be driving a silver, 2002 Nissan SUV with tag number D11UXR.

Rodriguez is a former employee of Reynolds, Smith & Hill, a transportation consulting firm, with headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. The shootings took place in the firm’s Orlando office in the Legions Place building.

“We understand the shootings did take place in our office,” company spokesman Ken Jacobson said. “People were shot in our offices.”

Police believe Rodriguez is still in the area and armed.

Bodies were found on the 12th and 8th floor of the  16-floor building north of Colonial Drive in the downtown area.

Workers have barricaded themselves inside their offices.

“We’ve got everybody in one office, with the door barricaded with a chest of drawers. There are about 20 of us in here. We’re scared,” said one woman who did not want to be named.

“We’re watching TV, trying to see what is going on, but we really don’t know. We’re scared. We’re safe right now, but we’re scared,” she said.

Roads in downtown Orlando have been blocked off by police and businesses have been evacuated.

[Based on a report by the Orlando Sentinel.] 

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