Man kills daughter, 6 grandchildren in North Florida murder-suicide

Deputies: Grandchildren range from ages 3 months to 10 years old

BELL, Fla. - A 51-year-old man killed his daughter and six grandchildren before killing himself in the small north-central Florida town of Bell on Thursday, according to Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz.

The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office said it received a 911 call around 4 p.m. Thursday from the suspect, saying he had harmed some people and was going to harm himself.

Deputies arrived at the scene and the suspect, identified as 51-year-old Don Charles Spirit, shot himself.

Inside the home, deputies found the bodies of Spirit, his 28-year-old daughter, Sarah Lorraine Spirit, and his six grandchildren. Deputies said the victims were all shot to death.

The grandchildren were identified as 2-month-old Alanna Stewart, 4-year-old Brandon Stewart, 5-year-old Destiny Stewart, 8-year-old Johnathon Kuhlmann, 9-year-old Kylie Kuhlmann and 11-year-old Kaleb Kuhlmann.

Schultz said deputies have been called to the home before on multiple occasions and that Spirit does have a criminal history.

Schultz asked for prayers for the small community as it deals with the tragedy.

"This community will come together. We'll continue to be a family and we'll work through this," Schultz said.

Four children were shot to death in Bell, Fla.

In 2001, Spirit accidentally shot and killed his 8-year-old son, Kyle, during a hunting trip to Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area near Kenansville in Osceola County, according to officials.  During a walk through the woods, Spirit pointed out some rust on the muzzle of a gun and it fired, hitting Kyle in the head, officials said.

Spirit was sentenced to three years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm.  He pleaded guilty in exchange for a minimum sentence just as his trial was about to begin.

After the incident, the family moved from Tampa to Bell, according to published reports.

The city of Bell is about 140 miles from downtown Orlando.

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