Three people have been shot at two different locations in Orlando's tourist corridor. Two of the victims have died and a third is in critical condition. Investigators believe the shootings may be connected to the same suspect, identified as 33-year-old Michelite Polynice.
The first incident happened at a Quality Inn & Suites on Canada Dr. shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday morning. Detectives tell FOX 35 that Polynice entered the lobby of the hotel and shot two women, both 28 years of age, who were working at the front desk. Investigators believe Polynice was, at one time, involved in a relationship with one of the women. They said the other woman was a bystander who did not know the suspect. Both victims were transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) where they died.
According to Orange County Fire Rescue, within minutes of the first shootings, a third person was shot at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa on Turkey Lake Road, just a couple of miles from where the first incident occurred. The relationship between Polynice and this third victim, a 31-year-old woman, is unclear. She was taken to ORMC where she remains in critical condition.
Around 9:34 a.m., an Orange County deputy spotted Polynice's car in Orlando's Pine Hills community, several miles from where the shootings occurred, and began a pursuit. Polynice was approached by a deputy near the intersection of North Powers Dr. and Sunshine Street. The deputy said he saw Polynice pull out a hand gun. According to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Polynice then, "put something to his right temple." The deputy said there were multiple flashes, then Polynice crashed into a large tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
During a news conference, Demings said one of the victims at the Quality Inn & Suites shared a child with Polynice. "It does stem from a relationship that went bad," he said. "A child was involved, but the child has been located and is in good health."
Deputies served a domestic violence injunction on Polynice Wednesday evening, stemming from an incident which happened on Sept. 11.
"There had been an altercation at the place of work, the hotel where she was working, where apparently he tried to run her over with a vehicle," Demings said. "Very likely, he could have been facing arrest soon in that case."
The identities of the victims are being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.