Best OPD email of the night: Nobody's dead, OK? UPDATE: A transplant surgeon is dead



OK, so we're watching our email blotter tonight like we always do, and in comes this little number surrounding tonight's shooting at Florida Hospital.

At 5:10 pm 5.26.11 Orlando Police responded reference a shooting incident at the parking garage off of Rollins Ave adjacent to Florida hospital. 2 shooting victims were located and transported to local hospitals. Florida Hospital was NOT in lock down. We are NOT looking for a shooter at this time The McCray Parking Garage (2215 McCray St) is currently closed at this time. I do no have an update on the medical status on the 2 people shot.

Homicide investigators are on scene along with Crime Scene Units. The garage will re open as soon as the scene is cleared. The access point will be the westside of the garage once it is re open. The Rollins Street side of the garage will remain closed.

No names of the individuals shot are being released at this time.

I will email updated information as it becomes available.

(excuse any typos) Lt.Barb Jones/OPD/PIO

See that? Homicide investigators. Then, just a few minutes later, a bit of clarification:

Please DO NOT report that OPD said anyone died. I HAVE NOT released any additional about the two people shot.

Thank you

(excuse any typos) Lt.Barb Jones/OPD/PIO

Nice save! Maybe...

UPDATE: Oooooh, this just took a turn for the worse.

Homicide has determined that this shooting is a murder-suicide. The relationship between the murder victim and the suspect who killed himself is yet to be determined. The motive for the shooting is also still to be determined.

The next of kin has been notified as it relates to the victim of the murder.

The name of the murder victim

Dr Dmitriy Nikitin



The name of the suspect who self inflicted a fatal injury is not being released pending next of kin notification.

The investigation is on going.

(excuse any typos) Lt.Barb Jones/OPD/PIO

Yikes, murder-suicide. OK, anything that was funny about this post is officially unfunny now. This has leapt into CFNEWS-13 territory:

ORLANDO -- A transplant surgeon at Florida Hospital Orlando is dead after a murder-suicide in the hospital's parking garage.

The shooting happened late Thursday afternoon at Mc Rae Avenue and East Orlando Street.

Orlando police identify the murder victimj as Dr. Dmitriy Nikitin.l According to the hospital's website, Nikitin was a multi-organ abdominal transplant surgeon.

Police said the incident happened on multiple levels of the parking garage.

The name of the suspect who killed himself is not being released pending next of kin notification.

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