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Fla. sheriff: 6 children, 2 adults shot to death


 A sheriff says a man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself at a home in a small town in North Florida.

   Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz at a news conference identified the man as 51-year-old Don Spirit. He says the children ranged in age from 3 months to 10 years old.

   Schultz says a deputy who arrived on a report of a shooting Thursday made contact with Spirit who later committed suicide.

   He says Spirit is the only suspect and that some people were left alive at the home.

   A photo on the Gainesville Sun's website shows several police vehicles on a rural road. A sheriff's deputy was keeping people away behind police tape.

   Bell is a town of just 350 people about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

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