BELL, FL (RNN) – A grandfather in a small Florida town shot his daughter and six grandchildren before turning the gun on himself, authorities said Thursday. Police responded to a residence in Bell, FL, about 40 miles west of Gainesville. The children ranged from 3 months old to around 10 years old. Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said the gunman, identified as Don Charles Spirit, 51, had a criminal history. "At this time we are asking for prayers as we continue to investigate," a post on the department's Facebook page said. While police didn't elaborate on his criminal record, a 2003 story by the Orlando Sentinel shows a man by the name Don Charles Spirit was sentenced to three years in prison for a felony firearms violation. The sentencing came after a 2001 hunting accident in which Spirit's 8-year-old son was killed.
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