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News, June 2017
22 Americans Killed in One Day, Including 5 Shot Dead in the Head in Florida, Ignored by Politicians and Pundits, Because Perpetrators Were Not Muslims
June 5, 2017
This news story is just another example about how agents of the war industry in politics and media select stories about crimes perpetrated by Muslims to talk about it non-stop in the mass media (like CNN and Fox News). Then, they use these stories to justify the US permanent wars around the world, particularly in the Middle East. They constantly mention a fake association between the perpetrators and Islam or Muslims, such as radical Islamic terrorism and ISIS.
At the same time, these pundits in politics and media ignore the daily mass shootings and murders, in which perpetrators are not Muslims, such as the news story from Florida. If the perpetrator was a Muslim, then the pundits right away link him to ISIS, and say that he was radicalized through the internet.
The shameless pundits continued yesterday tweeting about and analyzing the London truck incident, which they described as terrorism, while ignoring the Florida shooting completely, though the number of victims was the same in both incidents!
Moreover, according to http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/, on June 5, 2017 alone, 22 Americans were killed and 34 were injured in gun violence incidents in the US. However, these victims were completely ignored by the shameless agents of the war industry in politics and the media because the perpetrators were not Muslims.
Disgruntled ex-worker killed 5, then himself
Victims, gunman identified in Orange County workplace shooting
WESH, June 6, 2017
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —
Five people are dead after a disgruntled former employee opened fire inside an Orange County business on Monday (June 5, 2017).
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the shooting happened just after 8 a.m. at Fiamma Inc. on Forsyth Road, near Hanging Moss Road.
The former employee, identified as John Robert Neumann, Jr., was carrying a gun and a knife when he entered the business and shot his former co-workers.
Deputies found four people dead inside the business. A fifth victim died at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Seven people survived, deputies said.
Demings identified the five victims as Robert Snyder, 69; Brenda Motanaz-Crespo, 44, Kevin Clark, 53, Jeffery Roberts, 57 and Kevin Lawson, 67.
Special Agent in Charge Danny Banks of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said "seven others' lives were saved due to the quick actions of the officers who arrived on the scene today."
Demings said Neumann shot and killed himself. The sheriff said the shooting is not believed to have any link to terrorism.
Neumann was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1999.
Fiamma Inc. makes awnings for recreational vehicles. The company says on its website that it is one of the largest manufacturers of awnings for camper vans, motor coaches and sports utility vehicles.
Demings said the shooter had been involved in a previous workplace violence incident and had been accused of battering another employee inside the business. He was not charged in that case.
The Associated Press spoke with Shelley Adams, whose sister, Sheila McIntrye, works for the company and was in the bathroom when shots rang out.
McIntyre is safe with police now but she called her sister during the shooting, and she was very upset.
She kept repeating, "My boss is dead. My boss is dead."
Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement after the shooting asking "all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence."
In his statement Monday, Scott said the Orlando community has been challenged like never before. He said he and his wife, Ann, are praying for the families who lost loved ones in the shooting reported about 8 a.m. Monday.
The Sheriff's Office said victim advocates are standing by at Family Unification Center at Full Sail University 3535 North Forsyth Rd. 407-679-0100 extension 3087.
Demings called the shooting a "tragic incident."
"It's a sad day for us, once again, in Orange County," he said. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims."
Sheriff: Fired worker had plan to kill former co-workers
June 6, 2017, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. —
A recently fired worker from an awning company in Florida followed through with a plan to kill his former colleagues, singling out five and fatally shooting them in the head before taking his own life, authorities said.
John Robert Neumann Jr. shot and killed himself at the sound of approaching sirens Monday. He did not appear to belong to any type of subversive or terrorist organization, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.
"My experience tells me that this individual made deliberate thought to do what he did today. He had a plan of action," said the sheriff, who wouldn't say why Neumann was fired in April.
Demings said Neumann had a "negative relationship" with at least one of his former co-workers in Orlando, and he singled out the former colleagues who were shot.
The shooting began after Neumann slipped through a rear door into the cavernous Fiamma Inc. factory, an area larger than two football fields where awnings are stitched together for recreational vehicles. He paused at least once to reload. Seven other workers were inside at the time but were unharmed.
State and federal law enforcement officers converged on the industrial park shortly after 8 a.m. after a woman ran out and called 911 from a tile business across the street, said Yamaris Gomez, that store's owner.
"All she kept saying was he was holding a gun and told her to get out," Gomez said.
That woman had been hired after Neumann was fired in April, so he probably did not recognize her and knew she was not a former co-worker, Deming said.
Deming said investigators were looking through any social media postings for clues. Neumann was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1999 and did not have a concealed weapons permit, the sheriff said.
The dead were identified as Robert Snyder, 69; Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 44; Kevin Clark, 53; Jeffrey Roberts, 57; and Kevin Lawson, 46.
Authorities had confronted Neumann once before at the factory, when he was accused of battering a co-worker in June 2014. But no charges were filed after both men were interviewed, and that co-worker was not among Monday's victims, the sheriff said.
In a 2014 incident report, Neumann's co-worker said Neumann punched him in the back of the head when he approached, knocking him to the ground. But the co-worker later changed his story, saying Neumann had chased him and then hit him on the back of the head.
The co-worker, who had no visible injuries, stated "he had problems in the past with John but thought they were resolved," the sheriff's office incident report said.
Neumann had a record of minor crimes, none violent, dating back more than 20 years. Most involved traffic violations: driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, giving a deputy a false name and leaving the scene of a hit-and-run involving property damage.
Searching for a motive, deputies cordoned off a trailer park in Maitland, where Neumann lived alone in a mobile home on a busy road next to a funeral home, a used car lot and a dog-grooming business. Like the awning factory, it's far from Orlando's famous theme parks.
Arnie Boyd, who lives in the same trailer park, said Neumann was not particularly social. "Every once in a while, he would ride his bike around and that's it," Boyd said. "We would speak only once in a while."
Authorities had no reports of any specific threats the gunman made to people at the company or anyone else, but that's why people need to alert authorities whenever they learn of anything that could lead to violence, said Special Agent Danny Banks of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson noted that next Monday will mark a year since the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The attack at the Pulse club killed 49 people and wounded dozens more.
"The city of Orlando, which is still healing from the Pulse massacre, has seen too much violence this past year," the Florida Democrat said in a statement.
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