A man has been arrested in a series of shootings in Sanford, Fla., that police say killed his girlfriend and injured her two young sons, her father, and two other people Monday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. A few hours before the 6am shooting, the suspect and his girlfriend were fighting at a gas station; she said he wouldn't return the keys to her home, while he said she had the keys to his vehicle. A police officer separated them; shortly after that, someone called police to report that the fight was continuing on the front lawn of a nearby home. An officer went to the house to talk to the couple, during which time someone else called police to report that the suspect, 31-year-old Allen Dion Cashe, had a gun. Since the officer couldn't find a gun, Cashe was allowed to leave, and the woman gave the officer a bag of Cashe's belongings—including a gun. Hours after that officer left, a shooting was reported at the house.
Police say the shootings inside the home left the woman, 35-year-old Latina Herring, dead, her father in critical condition, and her two boys, ages 7 and 8, hospitalized in critical and extremely critical condition. One of the boys is "fighting for his life," per a police spokesperson. After the shootings, Cashe allegedly ran off and opened fire at bystanders near a school bus stop; a man and a high school student were injured, but are in stable condition. A police officer who heard the second set of shootings followed Cashe and took him into custody at a nearby apartment complex; a gun was found in his vehicle. A neighbor says the woman who was killed got "messed up with the wrong people" when she recently got involved with Cashe, who has a criminal record. Cashe faces multiple charges including first-degree homicide, News 13 reports. (Read more Florida stories.)