BUSHNELL, Fla. – A gunman from Texas is found dead after shooting his ex-girlfriend and her daughter in Sumter County, deputies said.
The shooting happened around 1:35 p.m. Saturday at 2565 SW 76th Lane in Bushnell.
Deputies received a 911 call from a woman who said she wanted 39-year-old Michael Brown, of Flatonia, Texas, to leave the home.
While deputies were on their way, 911 dispatchers advised that the woman cried out and the phone disconnected. Dispatchers said they received a call back from the home, in which the woman advised that another woman had been shot, and Brown fled on foot into the woods.
Deputies arrived at 1:43 p.m. and said a 35-year-old woman was shot in the chest area, and her 21-year-old daughter was shot in the shoulder area. While at the scene deputies advised they heard shots fired from the woods behind the home. Deputies said a SWAT team and other authorities were called.
As the Sumter County Sheriff's Office was setting up a perimeter and searching the wooded area behind the home, a call came in that advised Brown was spotted in his vehicle on CR 683, deputies said.
While deputies were searching the area, deputies discovered Brown's vehicle just south of Breezy Oaks RV Park CR 673 at 4:41 p.m. Deputies said the trunk of the vehicle was open and a perimeter was set up. Authorities advised that a body was 100 feet east of the vehicle in the wood line and not moving.
Deputies approached the body and found Brown. Deputies also found a handgun at his feet. The Sheriff's Office said it is possible Brown shot himself. Local 6 has learned Brown shot himself and then hanged himself after the shooting didn't kill him.
The 35-year-old woman was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center and is believed to be in critical condition, deputies said. Her daughter was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa and is believed to be in stable condition.
An autopsy will be performed Sunday by the Fifth Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner's Office in Leesburg, deputies said.