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Police Search for Gunman Who Killed 2 Women, Left Young Child Brain Dead; May be in South Florida

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  • A toll booth 200 miles away near Boynton Beach recorded the plate early Saturday morning - with Cherizard later posting a Facebook message.

Florida police are searching for the suspect in a shooting that killed two women and left a 6-year-old girl brain dead.

Haines City police said Saturday 38-year-old Ernst Cherizard shot the three Friday night at an apartment in the city located between Lakeland and Orlando.

Chief James Elensky said Cherizard fatally shot 48-year-old Nicole Guillume at an apartment complex and fled. When officers arrived, they found the girl, Isabella Frenel, shot three times and the body of her mother, 23-year-old Eli Normil.

Elensky said Isabella is on life support but is brain dead. Cherizard and Normil had been in a relationship and had two children, but Isabella was not one of his children.

NBC station WFLA-TV in Tampa reported that Guillume was Normil's aunt and that Cherizard fled in a burgundy 2011 Nissan Altima, license plate GZN C82.

A toll booth 200 miles away near Boynton Beach recorded the plate early Saturday morning - with Cherizard later posting a message on Facebook where he apologized to his children, writing I can't believe this happened" according to the station.

Cherizard is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call Haines City Police or Heartland CrimeStoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

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