Five people are shot dead during ‘hostage situation’ after a gunman opened fire inside bank 

Five people were shot dead after a 21-year-old gunman opened fire inside a Florida bank Wednesday afternoon.  

Officers responded to the SunTrust Bank branch located at 1901 US 27 South around 12.36pm after a suspect, identified as Zephen Xaver, called 911 and reported that he had fired shots inside the bank, according to the Sebring Police Department. 

After a standoff with officers and SWAT agents, Xaver eventually surrendered to authorities. 

Video shows him being perp-walked through the parking lot in handcuffs to a police vehicle.  

Initial reports said multiple people had been injured during the shooting, but authorities later confirmed during a press conference that five people had been ‘senselessly murdered’.  

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Zephen Xaver has been identified by police as the 21-year-old gunman who allegedly opened fire inside a Florida bank on Wednesday afternoon, killing five people 

Zephen Xaver has been identified by police as the 21-year-old gunman who allegedly opened fire inside a Florida bank on Wednesday afternoon, killing five people 

Zephen Xaver has been identified by police as the 21-year-old gunman who allegedly opened fire inside a Florida bank on Wednesday afternoon, killing five people 

Officers responded to the SunTrust Bank branch in Sebring around 12.36pm after the suspected gunman allegedly called 911 and reported that he had fired shots inside the bank, according to the Sebring Police Department

Officers responded to the SunTrust Bank branch in Sebring around 12.36pm after the suspected gunman allegedly called 911 and reported that he had fired shots inside the bank, according to the Sebring Police Department

Officers responded to the SunTrust Bank branch in Sebring around 12.36pm after the suspected gunman allegedly called 911 and reported that he had fired shots inside the bank, according to the Sebring Police Department

Blurry video showed Xaver being perp-walked through the parking lot after he surrendered

Blurry video showed Xaver being perp-walked through the parking lot after he surrendered

Blurry video showed Xaver being perp-walked through the parking lot after he surrendered

The identities of the victims have not been released pending notification of next of kin. 

It’s unclear if those killed consists of bank employees or customers inside the bank during the incident. 

Sebring police and deputies from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and established a perimeter. 

The large police presence was recorded in video from witnesses and local news helicopters.

‘After negotiations to try to get the barricaded subject to exit the bank were not successful, the HCSO SWAT team entered the bank and continued the negotiations,’ the Sebring police said. 

‘The suspect eventually surrendered to the HCSO SWAT team.’

The Sebring Police Department said on Facebook that officers responded to the bank located at 1901 US 27 South around 12.36pm

The Sebring Police Department said on Facebook that officers responded to the bank located at 1901 US 27 South around 12.36pm

The Sebring Police Department said on Facebook that officers responded to the bank located at 1901 US 27 South around 12.36pm

Authorities said the suspect had called dispatch to report that he had fired shots inside the bank

Authorities said the suspect had called dispatch to report that he had fired shots inside the bank

Authorities said the suspect had called dispatch to report that he had fired shots inside the bank

A witness recorded footage of officers setting up the perimeter as they carefully planned their next move

A witness recorded footage of officers setting up the perimeter as they carefully planned their next move

Officials confirmed that there were multiple injuries, but it's unclear how man people were shot in the incident

Officials confirmed that there were multiple injuries, but it's unclear how man people were shot in the incident

Officials confirmed that there were multiple injuries, but it’s unclear how man people were shot in the incident. Police didn’t release information regarding the conditions of those injured

Gov Ron DeSantis traveled to Highlands County to attend the police press conference on Wednesday afternoon. 

‘Obviously this is an individual that needs to face very swift and exacting justice,’ he said of Xaver. 

The sheriff’s office asked co-workers and family members of anyone who was inside the bank during the shooting should gather at the Inn on the Lakes on Gulfview Road. 

‘We ask that you please keep them in your prayers, keep them in your thoughts,’ Chief Hoglund said. ‘Help Sebring and our community stay strong.’

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis (center) spoke alongside Sebring law enforcement at a press conference on Wednesday night. He said of Xaver: 'Obviously this is an individual that needs to face very swift and exacting justice'

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis (center) spoke alongside Sebring law enforcement at a press conference on Wednesday night. He said of Xaver: 'Obviously this is an individual that needs to face very swift and exacting justice'

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis (center) spoke alongside Sebring law enforcement at a press conference on Wednesday night. He said of Xaver: ‘Obviously this is an individual that needs to face very swift and exacting justice’

Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund hangs his head with sadness during the news conference. 'We ask that you please keep them in your prayers, keep them in your thoughts,' Chief Hoglund said of the victims' families. 'Help Sebring and our community stay strong'

Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund hangs his head with sadness during the news conference. 'We ask that you please keep them in your prayers, keep them in your thoughts,' Chief Hoglund said of the victims' families. 'Help Sebring and our community stay strong'

Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund hangs his head with sadness during the news conference. ‘We ask that you please keep them in your prayers, keep them in your thoughts,’ Chief Hoglund said of the victims’ families. ‘Help Sebring and our community stay strong’

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