A 19-year-old suspect was arrested Wednesday after a series of shootings in Orange County, Florida, that killed three people, including a reporter and a 9-year-old girl, as police say they are still investigating a motive and connection. between the suspect and the victims.
Spectrum News 13, a cable news outlet owned by Charter Communications in Florida, identified one of the victims killed Wednesday as reporter Dylan Lyons, adding that one of its photojournalists, Jesse Walden, was critically injured.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office Announced On Wednesday night he arrested 19-year-old Keith Melvin Moses in the shooting, which also involved the death of a 9-year-old girl and her mother, an unidentified woman in her 20s.
The news outlet said both Lyons and Walden were working at the scene of a homicide investigation in Pine Hills, Florida, Wednesday evening — involving the girl and the woman — when they were shot.
Police Chief John Mina said Moses is not “saying much” about the incidents, although he noted that “it’s not clear if he knew they were news media or not” and that the police did not know if he had anything to do with the woman and 9-year-old – who knew a woman who was injured in a shooting earlier Wednesday.
What we do not know
It is not yet known what motivated Moses to do the shooting, Mina said, and “it is not clear why exactly they were targeted, and we are certainly going to look into that.”
Spectrum News 13 reporter Celeste Springer, said describing the shooting as “very devastating for all of us”. Springer thanked the community for their support, suggesting that “please say a prayer tonight for our colleague who is in critical condition.”
67. That is the number of journalists or media workers estimated to be killed worldwide in 2022, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, an increase of almost 50% on the previous year.
The shooting is the third in recent years involving journalists who have been injured or killed while on the job. In 2015, WDBJ reporters Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed while on air in Roanoke, Virginia. Three years later, a gunman entered the newsroom of the Annapolis, Maryland paper The Capital City and he killed five of the paper’s employees.
Spectrum News 13 Reporter Dylan Lyons Killed in Pine Hills Shooting (Spectrum 13)