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Suspect Bought Gun Days Before Florida Bank Shooting

Sebring police announced Monday that 21-year-old Zephen Xaver bought a 9mm handgun and ammunition just days before Wednesday's shooting at a SunTrust branch

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  • Sebring police announced Monday that Zephen Xaver bought a 9mm handgun and ammunition just days before the shooting at a Suntrust Bank

Authorities say the man who fatally shot five women at a Florida bank last week bought a gun several days before the shooting.

Sebring police announced Monday that 21-year-old Zephen Xaver bought a 9mm handgun and ammunition just days before Wednesday's shooting at a SunTrust branch. A news release says testing is underway to determine if that gun was the same one used inside the bank.

The shooting left four employees and one customer dead. Police have said Xaver shot the women in an apparently random act of violence. Prosecutors could seek the death penalty for Xaver, who faces five counts of premeditated murder.

Xaver was hired as a trainee prison guard at Avon Park Correctional Institution on Nov. 2 and resigned Jan. 9. No disciplinary issues were reported.

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