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Orange County Sheriff John Mina addresses the media about multiple shootings Wednesday in the Orlando area. A 9-year-old girl and a central Florida television journalist were fatally shot near the scene of another fatal shooting earlier in the day, authorities said. Mina said they arrested 19-year-old Keith Melvin Moses, who they believe is responsible for both shootings.

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A central Florida television journalist and a girl were fatally shot Wednesday afternoon near the scene of a fatal shooting earlier in the day, authorities said.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina said during a news conference Wednesday night that they have arrested 19-year-old Keith Melvin Moses, who they believe is responsible for both shootings in the Orlando-area neighborhood.

In addition to the Spectrum News 13 journalist and the 9-year-old girl, a member of the television crew and the girl’s mother were injured during the second shooting. They were in critical condition at a local hospital.

“I want to acknowledge what a horrible day this has been for our community and our media partners,” Mina told a room full of reporters. “I work closely with all of you and I know many of you and I know the very difficult work that you do and also the very important work that you do for our community and for law enforcement. No one in our community, not one mother, no a 9-year-old boy and certainly not news professionals, should become a victim of gun violence in our community.”

Mina said they don’t have an immediate motive for either shooting.

“So the suspect isn’t saying much right now,” Mina said. “It’s not clear if he knew it was the media or not. We’re still trying to figure all that out.”

Mina said the News 13 vehicle did not resemble a typical news van with TV station markings.

Officials were investigating reports Wednesday morning of another shooting.

Deputies initially responded to the Pine Hills area, just northwest of Orlando, Wednesday morning following reports that a woman in her 20s was shot.

Moses “was an acquaintance of the woman this morning, but to the best of our knowledge, he had no connection to reporters or to the mother and 9-year-old child,” Mina said.

According to witnesses, a man approached the news vehicle later Wednesday and opened fire, wounding the two reporters. The man then walked to a nearby house and shot the mother and daughter.

WFTV crews, also reporting on the morning shooting, attempted to provide medical assistance to Spectrum 13 journalists.

Mina said Moses is already facing a murder charge for the initial victim, with charges expected soon for the other four victims. Moses’ criminal history includes weapons charges, as well as aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and grand theft crimes, the sheriff said.

“Our hearts go out to the family of the journalist killed today and the injured crew member in Orange County, Florida, as well as the entire team at Spectrum News,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Twitter. .

Spectrum News 13 did not identify the crew members involved in the shooting, according to a story on the television station’s website.

“Please, please, pray tonight for our co-worker who is in critical condition. And as you do, please pray for every victim of gun violence in this country,” Spectrum 13 journalist Celeste Springer said during her report live on the air.

Attacks against journalists are rare in the US, but not unheard of.

Around the world, 40 journalists were killed last year, plus two more this year before Wednesday, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Only one of them was in the United States.

Jeff German, who covered politics and corruption for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was found dead in front of his home with multiple stab wounds in September. Former Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles has been charged with murder in the slaying.

In 2015, Virginia reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed during their live television broadcast for CBS affiliate WDBJ7. The suspect, a former reporter for the television station, committed suicide during a search by law enforcement.

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