Man Kills Four Children, Himself in Orlando Apartment

After a nearly 24-hour standoff, police discovered that four children had been killed by a man suspected of shooting a police officer.

A nearly 24-hour standoff at an Orlando apartment complex ended in tragedy late Monday with the discovery that four children had been killed by a man suspected of shooting a police officer, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Authorities identified the gunman as 35-year-old Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr., a felon who was on probation for arson and other charges. Police Chief John Mina said Lindsey had apparently shot the children he had taken as hostages — ages 1, 6, 10 and 11 — before taking his own life.

Sandi Marti planned to spend her day Tuesday, which marks two years since the massacre that claimed 49 lives at Pulse nightclub in 2016, at the Pulse memorial with her wife, Carry. Instead, the couple started a memorial of their own. They live across from the complex where the four children were killed. They took balloons and hearts and set them near the apartment Tuesday morning. They said they heard three gunshots and saw flashes of light Monday night. The standoff began after officers responded about 11:45 p.m. Sunday to a woman who reported being battered by Lindsey. The woman had fled the second-story apartment to a nearby restaurant to call police. Officers tried to arrest Lindsey at the apartment when a shootout began. Officer Kevin Valencia was wounded and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was in critical condition after surgery but expected to survive. Two of the children found dead are believed to be Lindsey’s, while the others are believed to belong to the domestic violence victim.