POLICE: 21-year-old surrenders after shooting and killing 5 in a Florida bank

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A Sebring, Fla., police officer stands near a Highlands County Sheriff’s SWAT vehicle that is stationed in front of a SunTrust Bank branch, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla., where authorities say five people were shot and killed. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

At least 5 people are dead after a shooting at a Florida bank. 

According to Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund, 21-year-old Zephen Xaver called 911 around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and reported that he had fired shots inside the SunTrust Bank on US-27 South in Sebring.

Once on the scene, police tried to negotiate with the barricaded man but said they couldn’t get him to come out of the bank. 

The man eventually surrendered after the Highlands County SWAT team went into the bank and continued to negotiate.

No information was immediately released on the victims since notification of families was still on-going. 

Governor Ron DeSantis was visibly moved at the news conference as he spoke of getting “swift and exacting justice” for the victims of this crime.

Sebring is 94 miles southeast of Tampa, about an hour and 45 minutes away.

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