On Wednesday, a tragic shooting occurred in Pine Hills, Florida, leaving three dead and two critically injured. The incident occurred as a result of a 19-year-old suspect, Keith Melvin Moses, allegedly returning to the scene of an earlier murder and opening fire.
At around 11:00 a.m. local time, officers arrived on the scene of the first shooting to find a woman in her 20s shot in a car. She later died. Following the incident, detectives collected evidence and developed leads on the suspect.
Later, at 4:00 p.m., Moses allegedly opened fire on a news reporter and video journalist as they sat in their car in Pine Hills. The two journalists, employees of Spectrum News 13, were on the scene reporting on the earlier murder. As a result of Moses’ actions, a 9-year-old girl and the journalist were killed, while the other journalist was critically injured.
According to Orange County Sheriff John Mina, Moses then walked to a nearby home a block away and shot a mother and her daughter. All four victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, however, the child and the journalist died. The surviving victims remain in critical condition.
It has been revealed that the reporter who lost his life was Dylan Lyons. Spectrum News 13 photographer Jesse Walden was also critically injured. The names of the other victims have not been released.
The suspect was detained at the scene and was allegedly in possession of a handgun. Mina also noted that Moses has a “lengthy criminal history to include gun charges, aggravated assault, burglary, and grand theft charges.”
Following the shooting, News 13 released a statement mourning the loss of their colleague and other lives taken.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and the other lives senselessly taken today. Our thoughts are with our employee’s family, friends, and co-workers during this very difficult time. We remain hopeful that our other colleague who was injured makes a full recovery,” the statement read.
Sheriff Mina expressed sorrow for the community, stating, “What a horrible day this has been for our community and our media partners.”
At this time, the motive for the shootings remains unclear. The investigation is ongoing.