• Man shoots sister before killing himself in Winter Springs home, deputies say

    By: Ty Russell , Kelly Healey


    WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. - A standoff ended with a 36-year-old man taking his life after shooting his sister inside a Seminole County home, deputies said.


    The shooting happened Wednesday evening at the home on Via Villa Nova Way in Winter Springs.


    Deputies said that after the man shot his 31-year-old sister several times, she was able to run to a neighbor's home for help.


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    “My son said he heard a couple of pops. What sound like pops, and I heard one,” said Burns.


    Moments later, he said deputies knocked on his door.


    “He (deputy) said there was a man with a gun and they didn't say what was going on." Burns said.


    Investigators said the gunman and his 72-year-old mother refused to leave the home.


    A crisis negotiation team was brought in, and after five hours, the gunman shot and killed himself.


    “There were probably over 50 cop cars. It was, it was very scary,” said neighbor Kirsty Bougher.


    Deputies said his mother escaped and she was taken to a hospital as a precaution, deputies said.  


    The man’s sister was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.


    “This is just out of, you know, some crazy movie,” neighbor Shak Ugene said.


    Deputies said they have never received calls for service from the home.


    Neither the circumstances surrounding the shooting nor the names of those involved were released.


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