6 children, 2 adults dead in murder-suicide

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(CNN) — A Florida man shot and killed a daughter and six grandchildren Thursday in the small north-central Florida town of Bell in what authorities called a murder-suicide.

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Robert Schultz said the children ranged in age from 3 months to 10 years.

Schultz said 51-year-old Don Spirit called 911, and then killed himself after a deputy arrived on the scene.

Bell is about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

CNN’s AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this report.

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