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TV reporter, child killed in Florida shooting spree

Police said they did not find any apparent connection between the suspect and the victims, and weren't sure if he knew two of them were news media.
Posted at 8:59 PM, Feb 22, 2023

After a television news journalist and a 9-year-old girl were fatally shot Wednesday while police investigated a homicide in the same area, authorities in Orlando, Florida, arrested Melvin Moses, 19, the suspect in the series of shootings.

The journalist was identified as Dylan Lyons, an on-air reporter for Spectrum News 13.

Authorities were at the scene and collecting evidence after a woman was found shot earlier the same day.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina confirmed Wednesday evening that homicide detectives responded to the scene at around 11:17 a.m. ET after the woman in her 20s was found dead.

Later at 4:05 p.m. ET police say they received emergency calls for a shooting at the same location, along with an additional shooting nearby. 

Spectrum News 13 reported, citing Sheriff Mina, that the suspect had returned to the scene of the homicide investigation and shot a reporter and a photographer who were there covering the news. 

Lyons died from injuries sustained from the shooting, and the Sun Sentinel reported that a Spectrum News 13 photographer was listed in critical condition, citing details from police. 

The suspect then entered a nearby home and shot a woman and her 9-year-old daughter, Sheriff Mina told reporters Wednesday. The girl was killed. 

Police said they did not find any apparent connection between the suspect and the mother and her child, and weren't certain if he knew that the other two shot nearby were news media.

“We don’t know why he entered that home," Mina said. 

Sheriff Mina told reporters that he didn't think the Spectrum News vehicle stood out as a vehicle used by the media, but it wasn't clear what the suspect thought at the time.

"The suspect is not saying much right now," Mina said on Wednesday. "It is unclear if he knew they were news media or not," he said.

WFTV-Channel 9 had journalists at the scene who were not injured who said the gunman walked by them and approached the News 13 van and opened fire.