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Fiamma shooter legally intoxicated when he killed 5 coworkers, autopsy shows

John Neumann's alcohol level above .08 postmortem

Flowers left under the Fiamma Inc sign on Forsyth Road in Orlando one day after five people were shot and killed by their ex-coworker.
Flowers left under the Fiamma Inc sign on Forsyth Road in Orlando one day after five people were shot and killed by their ex-coworker.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The man who shot and killed five of his former Fiamma Inc. coworkers before turning the gun on himself was legally intoxicated, according to an autopsy report from the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.

John Neumann Jr., a 45-year-old Army veteran, walked into the Orange County business on Forsyth Road the morning of June 5 opening fire on his former manager and coworkers.

Robert Snyder, 69, Brenda Motanez-Crespo, 44, Kevin Clark, 53, Jeffrey Roberts, 57, and Kevin Lawson, 46, were all killed. Read more about the victims here

Snyder, the lead manager at Fiamma, fired Neumann from the Orange County RV accessory business in April, deputies said. Snyder warned others of the gunman's behavior prior to the shooting.

Neumann died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, chief medical examiner Dr. Joshua Stephany concluded in his report.

John Robert Neumann Jr. is seen in mugshots from 1995, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2009 and 2010.
John Robert Neumann Jr. is seen in mugshots from 1995, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2009 and 2010.

The toxicology report also shows that Neumann had an alcohol concentration of .085, measured by the ethanol, or drinking alcohol, found when the autopsy was performed the day he died.

The legal definition of intoxication, under Florida law, is .08 or above for drivers. However, Stephany pointed out that there is no legal limit for walking around.

Toxicology experts said that because of processes that happen postmortem blood-alcohol concentration can vary. 

"By the progress of decomposing, your body produces alcohol though fermentation," Stephany said.

The changes in a body's alcohol levels are vary less the less time between death and an autopsy. Neumann's autopsy was compete within hours after his suicide.

That is why the when the medical examiner's officer performs an autopsy they extract blood and eye fluid for a ethanol test, where there is less room for error.

The investigation into the shooting in ongoing, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.


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