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(NEWSER) – Florida police are investigating a horrific murder-suicide today in which a 51-year-old man shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren, reports CNN. The kids ranged in age from 3 months to 10 years. The shootings took place in or near the rural town of Bell, about 30 miles west of Gainesville, and the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office identified the shooter as Don Spirit. He killed himself shortly after a deputy arrived at his house about 4pm, reports WESH-TV. His seven victims were found inside. Police say they had been to the home several times previously for a "wide range of issues," but authorities did not speculate about a motive. The children and their mother have not been identified. "We are asking for prayers for this community and the families involved," says the sheriff's office. "We ask for patience from the media and public as we work through this investigation."

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