Zephen Xaver is a 21 years old Caucasian guy who is accused of shooting five people dead at SunTrust Bank off U.S. Highway 27 near Tubbs Road in Sebring, Florida. After the incident, he surrendered to a SWAT team.
According to the authorities, he was taken into custody near 2:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, January 24th, 2019 after he called 911 to say about his firing inside the bank.
- Full Name: Zephen Xaver
- Age: 21
- Residence: Sebring, Florida
- Nationality: American
Zephen Xaver: The Case
Previously, the 21 years old suspect at a had conversations with police officers in Indiana frequently recent years. The officers often received calls regarding his will and desire to kill people.
According to an affidavit released by the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, Xaver, 21, shot all five people dead on Wednesday at SunTrust Bank off U.S. Highway 27 near Tubbs Road in Sebring, Florida.
After the incident, he called 911 to say he fired shots inside the SunTrust Bank, the affidavit said. When the officers entered the bank, they found women with apparent gunshot wounds in their body lying in the lobby.
In some recent documents from by the Bremen Police Department in Indiana, it was stated that they often had encounters with Xaver previously when he lived in the state.
When he was a 16-year-old student studying at Bremen High School, Xaver told his school counselor about his dream of killing students at his school. After his mentioning frequent dream and desire of killing his friends at the school, he was taken to a behavioral health center in February 2014.
According to some sources, in March 2017, Michigan State Police reported Bremen Police Department about a woman who was constantly getting messages from suspect stating that he was thinking of suicide and taking hostages.
Reportedly, in March 2016, Xaver went to the US Army basic training but left three months prior to the completion of his training.
Josh Xaver, the suspect’s father, told CNN that he was very disappointed with the news and is heartbroken for the victims. In addition, the Indiana resident said that he was shocked by the news as his son has always been a good kid who never hurt anyone.
People are mourning for the women killed in the incident. All the victims were employees and customers of the bank. Reportedly, one of them was 38-years old Ana Piñon-Williams who had worked at that bank for a couple of weeks. Her brother-in-law Tim Williams said that she was really kind to everyone she met. Her family included her husband and her seven children. Originally, she was from Mexico but moved with her family to Okeechobee, Florida.
Another woman who was identified was Marisol Lopez. She was a 55 years old employee of the bank. Along with her, Cynthia Lee Watson(aged 65) was also killed in the event. The names of the other two victims are hidden with their relatives’ wishes.
Xaver was taken to court on Thursday through a closed-circuit camera. At the court, he was charged with five murder. Due to the absence of his income or assets, he was given a public defender.
According to the officials, the suspect had no plan to rob the bank. They believe that the incident might be a random act. The reason behind the mass shooting is still unclear.