Gunman apprehended after killing 1, injuring 5 others at Orlando office building

Officials said at least eight people were hurt in a shooting at a downtown Orlando office building Friday and a gunman was on the loose.

This video frame grab image taken from WFTV television shows police escorting people to safety at the scene near the Legions Place office building in downtown Orlando

UPDATE: Police in Orlando say a gunman has been apprehended after killing one person and injuring five others at a downtown office building where he was let go two years ago.

Police Chief Val Demings says 40-year-old Jason Rodriguez surrendered to police at his mother’s home after officers saw him through a window and asked him to come out.

She confirms that one person was killed in the shooting at the Legion Place office building downtown. Five others were hurt.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Officials said at least eight people were hurt in a shooting at a downtown Orlando office building Friday and a gunman was on the loose.

People streamed out of the high-rise building around lunchtime and some told local television stations they had barricaded themselves inside their offices.

Orlando Fire Department District Chief Michael Droege said an unknown number of people were still in the building and could be wounded. He said a police commando team was still trying to pull people out.

“The building is not secure now,” he said. “It’s still unfolding.”

The mass shooting occurred one day after a U.S. Army psychiatrist allegedly opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in a rampage that left 13 people dead.

Orlando police were searching for an armed man wearing a light blue polo shirt and jeans, said Orange County Sheriff’s Spokesman Jim Solomons, whose department was called in for backup.

Gerry Gilgo, who works on the floor where the shooting occurred, told The Associated Press she was meeting a co-worker at the elevators for lunch.

“She yelled there are gun shots! There are gun shots! Get back in your office,” Gilgo said.

Orlando Police Sgt. Barbara Jones confirmed there had been a shooting and multiple people were hurt but she couldn’t say how many. She said there is believed to be only one shooter.

The Orlando Fire Department told WESH-TV that at least eight people were wounded. Interstate 4 was closed in both directions through downtown and a nearby school was locked down.

Rows of ambulances lined up outside the building as police snipers took up positions around the building and officers on foot and horseback searched the area.

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