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Eight dead in Florida shootings; suspect killed son in earlier hunting accident

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The latest gun slaughter came yesterday in Florida — a convicted felon killed his daughter and six grandchildren before killing himself.

Don Spirit, 51, who lived near Gainesville, had a past:

Spirit already had a lengthy criminal record stretching back 22 years, according to Florida corrections records. Reports from 2003 show that one charge, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, came after he pleaded guilty to accidentally shooting and killing his 8-year-old son while they were out hunting. He was sentenced to three years in prison. Spirit was also convicted of depriving a child of food and shelter, battery, and possession of drug paraphernalia between 1992 and 1995. 




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