Breaking: Another Shooting In Orlando Update-6 people shot

There has been another shooting, this one at a downtown Orlando, 17 story office building.

Fox reports that at least ten people have been shot, eight wounded, two dead. Fox also reports that the shooter may have been a former employee that worked in the building. No word on what the motive could be.

A neighborhood school is in lockdown.

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From the NBC-affiliate in Orlando:

Orlando Fire Department spokeswoman Vicky Robles said a shooter has not been taken into custody.

“We don’t know who they are,” Robles said.

WESH 2 News reporter Greg Fox said gurneys are being wheeled toward the building. However, some rescue personnel may be waiting for clearance from authorities that the scene has been secured.

WPTV reports:

The gunman, who may be wearing a light blue polo shirt and jeans, was not in custody as of 1:00 p.m. (EST) Officers are involved in a floor-by-floor evacuation. The Orlando SWAT team is on scene.

Ambulances and dozens of police cars and fire engines have arrived at the scene according to the news station.

The suspect is still on the loose.

UPDATE:

The suspect has been identified as a 40 year old former employee of a business located in the building,  Jason Rodriguez.

The AP reports:

People streamed out of the high-rise building around lunchtime and some told local television stations they had barricaded themselves inside their offices.

Orlando Fire Department District Chief Michael Droege said an unknown number of people were still in the building and could be injured. He said the SWAT team was still trying to pull people out.

“The building is not secure now,” he said. “It’s still unfolding.”

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.

“I would consider him armed and dangerous,” Jones said. She said multiple people were hurt but she could not say how many. She said five people were taken to the hospital and another had chest pains but did not go to the hospital.

Barbara Jones told Fox that she can confirm that six people were shot, she won’t confirm any deaths. Fox has been reporting one death, after initially reporting two.

Rodriguez is said to be a former employee in the building and was terminated two years ago.

1:20 CST: Fox reports that  the shooter has been arrested.

How Did The Army Miss All The Red Flags?

People are starting to ask out loud,  why Hasan was still in the Army, in light of  numerous red flags that should have alerted Army officials throughout the years that they were dealing with an unstable  individual. Why was he still in position to get deployed into a war zone?

In 2001, Hasan received his medical degree from the military’s Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., where he took “a lot of extra classes in weapons training”.

There were apparently concerns early on:

Hasan was put on probation early in his postgraduate work at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He was disciplined for proselytizing about his Muslim faith with patients and colleagues, according to the source, who worked with him at the time.

MSNBC reported:

While an intern at Walter Reed, Hasan had some “difficulties” that required counseling and extra supervision, said Dr. Thomas Grieger, who was the training director at the time.

He received a poor performance evaluation while a Walter Reed.

During that period, Hasan attended prayers regularly at a mosque  in Silver Spring, Md.

On a form filled out by those seeking spouses through a program at the mosque, Hasan listed his birthplace as Arlington, Va., but his nationality as Palestinian, Khan said.

He was conspicuously vocal in his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,  and had actually praised Muslims who attacked US troops in the US, according to Colonel Terry Lee (Retired), a former coworker who served with Hasan at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

“‘We shouldn’t be over there,'” Hasan told other officers, Lee said during an interview with FOX News. “‘Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressors,'” Hasan would continue, according to Lee, referring to US forces.

Hasan also praised the murder of two US soldiers who were killed outside of a recruitment center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“‘This is what Muslims should do, stand up to the aggressors,'” Hasan said, according to Lee. “‘Maybe we should have more of these, people should strap bombs on themselves and go into Times Square.'”

…for statements purportedly made by him on the Scribd website that equated suicide bombers with a US soldier who sacrificed himself to save his fellow soldiers:

“He inentionally [sic] took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its [sic] more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled [sic] this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees [sic] in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i [sic] you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam.

It’s now been reported that Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar!” during the attack.

He didn’t believe in the mission, was sympathetic to the enemy, and was telling people that he was not happy about being transferred to Afghanistan or Iraq.

Why didn’t anyone listen?

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