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Six people have been shot, one fatally, in a random spree around Gainesville, Florida (AP)

Six people have been shot, one fatally, in a random spree around Gainesville, Florida (AP)

Six people have been shot, one fatally, in a random spree around Gainesville, Florida (AP)

A gunman killed himself after he fatally shot a person and wounded five others around Gainesville in Florida, police said.

The gunman shot himself in his red pick-up truck after he drove through the neighbourhood picking off victims, Gainesville police officer Tscharna Senn said at a news conference.

Police refused to confirm the identity of the shooter, his victims, or give a motive.

Officer Senn said the first 911 call was received just after 4pm on Monday and was followed by several others, with the last coming at 4.16pm.

That was about the time the gunman was pulled over and shot himself, police said.

The wounded were being treated at hospitals in the Gainesville area for injuries ranging from minor to critical.

Gainesville, in the north-central part of the state, is home to the University of Florida, although there was no immediate link between the school and the shooting.

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Authorities have scheduled a second news conference for Tuesday morning.

https://www.gainesvillepd.org/index.php(Gainesville Police Department)


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