SEBRING, Fla. - • 7:30 p.m.
Highlands County deputies have released the first mugshot and a video showing the accused SunTrust Bank shooter, 21-year-old Zephen Xaver. The photo shows a man with a buzz cut and glasses with thick black rims. He is expressionless and not clean shaven. He is wearing a beige t-shirt of what appears to be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Xaver was hired by the Avon Park Correctional Institution as a correctional officer trainee in November, but he resigned on January 9, according to a press secretary with the Florida Department of Corrections. He was not disciplined while employed with the DOC.
Investigators release video of 21-year-old Zephan Xaver, the suspect in the shootings deaths of five people inside a Sebring bank. Live coverage on #TV27at10 & #WFTVat11 @WFTV pic.twitter.com/Q8V1X5AE5N— Ken Tyndall (@KenTyndallWFTV) January 24, 2019
• 5:45 p.m.
The Highland County Sheriff's Office has released a new statement, shedding new light on the timeline of events Wednesday afternoon that led to five people being killed.
Deputies said a man called 911 at 12:37 p.m. and said: "I have shot five people."
Three minutes later, deputies arrived and established a perimeter. The county SWAT team later entered the building, where a suspect had barricaded himself inside. Crisis negotiators, dispatchers, and SWAT members persuaded the suspect to surrender.
Deputies identified the suspect as 21-year-old Zephen Xaver from Sebring. The names of the victims have not been released. Deputies said they are still investigating Xaver's motives.
This is a terrible day for Sebring, Highlands County and for the state of Florida. Casey and I extend our most sincere condolences and sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims. The people of Florida stand with the community of Sebring.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 23, 2019
• 4:44 p.m.
Sebring police confirm that five people are dead after a shooting inside a bank in Sebring, Fla.
"After an assessment of the scene, we're sorry to learn that we have at least five victims -- people that were senselessly murdered as a result of this act -- in this bank," said Sebring police chief Karl Hoglund.
Hoglund identified the gunman as 21-year-old Zephen Xaver. Xaver was taken into custody after SWAT team members negotiated with him.
WATCH BELOW: Police and Gov. Ron DeSantis' update on Florida shooting.
• 4:04 p.m.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Twitter that he will be in Highlands County to join law enforcement officials during their press conference. The update was supposed to start at 4:30 p.m.
I will be at the press conference at @HighCoSheriff Office at 4:30 p.m. EST to provide updates on the tragic shooting that occured earlier today. Please continue to keep the victims and their families in your prayers. https://t.co/Cxx5LOPEr1— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 23, 2019
• 3:50 p.m.
SunTrust Bank released the following statement about the incident:
"We are working closely with officials and seeking to take care of everyone affected at our Sebring, Florida branch. We will provide more information as soon as we can."
• 3:43 p.m.
According to a report by CNN, Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell said multiple people have been shot in a hostage situation at the SunTrust Bank.
Elwell told CNN that there were injuries in the incident but it’s unclear if the injuries were bank employees or customers.
• 3:30 p.m.
Highlands County Fire Rescue posted a video on its Facebook page giving an update on the SunTrust Bank shooting in Sebring.
• 3:17 p.m.
Sebring police said the alleged gunman has surrendered to law enforcement after SWAT team members entered the bank.
#BREAKING UPDATE | Suspected gunman enters SunTrust bank in Sebring, calls 911 to report shots fired then surrenders to SWAT after standoff #Sebring #SunTrustBank #SunTrustBankShooting https://t.co/gkPzL0k6si pic.twitter.com/OmU9yUyCUx— ABC Action News (@abcactionnews) January 23, 2019
• 3:05 p.m.
Reports say FBI officials are working with local law enforcement agencies regarding a shooting at the SunTrust Bank in Sebring.
• 2:45 p.m.
A military-type vehicle and crime scene tape are scene at the bank along with a heavy law enforcement presence.
The front doors to the bank look to be busted out.
• 2:30 p.m.
Sebring police went to the SunTrust Bank around 12:36 p.m. after reports of shots fired, officers said.
The Highlands County Sheriff's Office SWAT team was also called out to the location to assist police.
Deputies said the situation is confined to the bank and there is no danger to the surround area.
Channel 9's Ken Tyndall is heading to the scene. Watch for live reports starting on Eyewitness News at 4 p.m.
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