A 19-year-old man is expected to face murder charges in the shooting deaths of an Orlando TV journalist, a 9-year-old girl, and a woman in a series of shootings Wednesday in Pine Hills, Florida that also injured a second journalist and the girl’s mother. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said that a 20-year-old woman was shot and killed early Wednesday, and hours later, a Spectrum 13 News crew that was covering the initial shooting was shot inside their vehicle, and a mother and her daughter were shot nearby inside their home. The names of those killed and injured have not been released.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina identified the suspect as 19-year-old Keith Melvin Moses, who was located in the area and detained shortly after the second and third shootings. Deputies said he was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest. Sheriff Mina said that other deputies know Moses from alleged other cases, and at 19, he has a lengthy criminal history to include gun charges, aggravated battery and assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, and grand theft charges.
Sheriff Mina told reporters that the suspect has not provided an immediate motive in any of the shootings. However, he said that Moses was “an acquaintance” of the woman who was shot and killed Wednesday morning. He also does not appear to have any connections to the journalists or the mom and her daughter, Sheriff Mina said.
“The suspect is not saying much right now,” Sheriff Mina said. “It’s hard to know if he was targeting this news crew. Again, that will all be a part of our investigation. I was out at the scene and the vehicle doesn’t really look like a news vehicle to me, but then again, there was a photographer there so that’s possible.”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the shootings, and Spectrum 13 News has released a statement expressing its condolences and stating that it is cooperating with authorities in their investigation.