Florida bank shooting suspect Xaver denied bond


A man who police say killed five people in a SunTrust Bank in central Florida was denied bond during his first court appearance on Thursday.

The 21-year-old suspect, identified as Zephen Xaver, faces five counts of premeditated first-degree murder.

Xaver called 911 dispatchers and said he had shot five people inside the bank, according to authorities.

When police entered the bank, the gunman had barricaded himself inside but eventually surrendered, the Sebring Police Department said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Police did not offer any details about a possible motive.

Suspect Zephen Xaver, 21, barricaded himself in the SunTrust branch in Sebring before later surrendering to police, authorities said.

Xaver is said to have walked into the bank just after 12:30pm local time (5:30pm GMT) and immediately began shooting, Sebring Police Chief Karl Hogland said.

It is not clear if the attack was an attempted robbery.

Xaver called police himself and said he had fired shots inside the bank, according to authorities.

The ensuing standoff was filmed in dramatic TV news footage showing scores of emergency vehicles surrounding the damaged building…

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