The gunman barricaded himself inside the bank. “I have shot five people,” he said calling authorities. A SWAT team entered the bank and negotiated with him. It wasn’t immediately clear if those shot were bank employees or customers. The victims have not yet been identified and family notifications have not yet been made, according to authorities.The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Zephen Xaver. He is in police custody.
“He wasn’t raised to be like this. He’s always been a good kid. He’s had his troubles,” the father of attacker said. Zephen Xaver was employed as a correctional officer trainee at Avon Park Correctional Institution and resigned two weeks ago. He worked there for less than two months. Sebring is in Highlands County in the south-central part of the state, and had a population of just over 10,000. “Today’s been a tragic day in our community,” Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund told a news conference. Investigators did not offer any potential motive, and a police spokesman said he did not know if the attack began as a robbery. An FBI mobile command unit arrived at the bank Wednesday evening to join the investigation.