Police: Florida felon who killed 7 relatives wasn’t allowed to have gun

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(CNN) — A man who killed his daughter, six grandchildren and then himself Thursday in a shooting in north-central Florida was a convicted felon and therefore wasn’t allowed to possess the gun he used, police said Friday.

Don Spirit, 51, killed his daughter, Sarah Spirit, 28, and her three sons and three daughters at a home in Bell Thursday afternoon before shooting himself, Gilchrist County sheriff’s officials said.

The children ranged in age from 3 months to 11 years, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said.

Police said they believe Spirit shot more than one person in the home, but declined to say whether all of the victims had been shot.

Spirit, as a convicted felon, was not allowed to have a gun, Gilchrist County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jeff Manning said Friday. The sheriff’s office hasn’t said how Spirit obtained a gun or what type of gun he used.

CNN’s AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this report.

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  • John Fuller

    Gun control works… The guy was not supposed to have possession of firearms, but he broke the law and did this! Laws are very effective in regards to law abiding citizens, but criminals will still do what criminals do.