A gunman opened fire Friday in the offices of an engineering firm where he was let go more than two years ago. At least six people were hurt and police were searching for a gunman in a sport utility vehicle.
People streamed out of the 16-story Legion Place office building
around lunchtime and some told local television stations they had
barricaded themselves inside their offices.
"The building is not secure now," he said. "It's still
Orlando police spokeswoman Barbara Jones identified the gunman
as Jason Rodriguez, 40, and said he might be in a 2002 silver
Nissan SUV with license plate D119UX. She said he used to work at
the building but did not say where or when he left.
"I would consider him armed and dangerous," Jones said. She
said at least five people were taken to a hospital and another had
chest pains but did not go to the hospital. Orlando Regional
Medical Center said four people were being treated in the emergency
She confirmed witnesses told police the shooting started at
Reynolds Smith & Hill, a transportation engineering consulting firm
in the building.
Company spokesman Mike Bernof told CNN all the people shot were
in the firm's office. He could not say if any died.
Rodriguez, an engineer, was released in June 2007 for
performance issues, Bernof said. He could not say why. The firm
performs transportation engineering work with the Florida
Department of Transportation.
Gerry Gilgo, who works on the floor where the shooting occurred,
told The Associated Press she was meeting a co-worker at the
elevators for lunch.
"She yelled, 'There are gunshots! There are gunshots! Get back
in your office,"' Gilgo said.
Will Halpern, an attorney works on the building's 17th floor,
was among the last group to be evacuated. He said the lobby was
filled with about 20 officers in SWAT gear, carrying assault
weapons, ready to search.
Interstate 4 was closed in both directions through downtown and
nearby schools were locked down.
Rows of ambulances lined up outside the building as police
snipers took up positions around the building and officers on foot
and horseback searched the area.
8 Shot in Orlando Office Building