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The shooter was identified as Don Charles Spirit, who shot his daughter and six of his grandchildren before taking his own life, the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office confirmed during a press conference.
The children’s ages ranged from three months to 10 years. The mother of the children was identified as Sarah Spirit, according to Action News Jacksonville.
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Police received a call about the shooting around 4 p.m. local time, the Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page.
The grandfather committed suicide as a responding deputy made contact with him, Sheriff Robert Schultz said.
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The incident took place at Spirit’s home in the small town of Bell, off a rural road a couple of miles from US 129. Bell has a population of 350 people and is located 30 miles (48 km) west of Gainesville.