Former Employee Opens Fire on Orlando Office

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A former disgruntled employee went on a shooting rampage at a high-rise office building in Orlando, Fla., Friday, killing at least one person and injuring five others.

Police found suspected shooter Jason Rodriguez three hours later inside his mother's home.  When asked by a reporter outside the police station why he went on the rampage, Rodriguez answered, "Because they left me to rot."

The 40-year-old is a former employee at the Reynolds Smith & Hill engineering firm where he first opened fire.  The company said he was terminated in 2007 because of performance issues.  

"This is a tragedy, no doubt about it, especially on the heels of the tragedy in Fort Hood that is on our minds," Orlando Police Chief Val Demings said. "I'm just glad we don't have any more fatalities or any more injuries than we currently have."

According to attorney Will Halpern, who works on the 17th floor of the building and was among the last group to be evacuated, roughly 20 armed officers filled the lobby ready to search the premises.

"You got a guy going into a business on a Friday where people are trying to make an honest living ..." Orlando police spokeswoman Barbara Jones said.

Police snipers positioned themselves around the building while rows of ambulances lined up outside prepared to attend to any casualties.

"It was a little scary, a little unnerving," Mark Vella, who works in a real estate office on the 12th floor, said. "We were afraid the guy was still in the building and making the rounds."

Police are now trying to determine a clear motive in the case.

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