Man kills daughter, six grandchildren in Florida murder-suicide

A 51-year-old Florida man shot dead his daughter and six grandchildren in his home before killing himself on Thursday, authorities said.

Tampa: A 51-year-old Florida man shot dead his daughter and six grandchildren in his home before killing himself on Thursday, authorities said.

Don Spirit, identified by authorities as the suspect, called 911 and killed himself after a sheriff`s deputy arrived at the scene, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said.

Everyone in the house was killed, Schultz said. The eldest of the children was 10, he said.

"We`re all family here. What can you say?" Schultz said.

The incident occurred near Bell, a town of about 500 located roughly 35 miles (56 km) west of Gainesville.

Schultz declined to give the name of the dead woman.

Spirit had a previous criminal record, Schultz said.

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