Suspect apprehended in connection with fatal shooting at Florida immigration office
Kaylee Greenlee, DCNF
A suspect was taken into custody in connection with a fatal shooting at an immigration office in Orlando, Florida, Monday, according to law enforcement officials.
Officials opened an investigation into a deadly shooting at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office near the Orlando International Airport, Spectrum News 13 reported.
A man allegedly drove up to the office as a man and woman were entering the building and opened fire on the pair, Lt. Diego Toruno said. The man died on the scene while the woman was able to escape.
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The male suspect fled in his vehicle and a police chase followed until the suspect was eventually taken into custody, Toruno said.
People inside the USCIS office thought the building was being targeted and that “somebody was coming inside to shoot up the place,” Bonnie Brandao told the Orlando Sentinel. Brandao was scheduled to take a citizenship test at the office Monday morning, her husband was waiting outside the building for her and witnessed the shooting.
“We can confirm that a suspect in this investigation is now in OPD’s custody,” the Orlando Police Department said.
ACTIVE INVESTIGATION: OPD is working a shooting at the 5400 block of S Semoran Blvd (USCIS Building). There is heavy police presence in the area between Semoran & Commander, north of Hoffner Ave. Media, use the plaza's parking lot near the Ana G Mendez campus. More to follow. pic.twitter.com/NZk8W8kffO
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 10, 2021
“USCIS offers our deepest condolences to the friends and family who lost a loved one today,” USCIS Spokesperson Sharon Scheidhauer told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “We are fully cooperating with local law enforcement authorities as they investigate this incident.”
A heavy police presence was seen in the area surrounding the office, Spectrum News 13 reported. Toruno said law enforcement officials would investigate both the scene of the shooting and where the suspect was apprehended.
Neither the Orlando Police Department or USCIS responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.