Ex-Marine Bryan Riley’s motive for deadly shooting still unknown

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A deranged ex-Marine’s motive for the brutal massacre of a Florida family — including a 3-month-old baby — may never be known, a local prosecutor said.

“The big question that all of us has is, ‘Why?’” State Attorney Brian Haas told WTVJ-TV. “We will not know today or maybe never.”

Bryan Riley, 33, is being held without bail after allegedly shooting four people dead and wounding an 11-year-old girl in Lakeland in what police describe as a random attack on total strangers.

He has allegedly said that God spoke to him.

“He is evil in the flesh,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told CBS News. “Just because you have mental health issues does not mean you are not criminally liable.

“I will never be able to unsee that mother with that deceased infant in her arms,” the sheriff said. “It is a horror of the utmost magnitude.”

According to Lakeland police, Bryan Riley showed up in full camouflage and body armor and killed four people and injuring one.
According to Lakeland police, Bryan Riley showed up in full camouflage and body armor and killed four people and injuring one.
AP Photo/Lakeland Ledger, Michael Wilson
Riley was wounded twice by police in a standoff before the shooter surrendered and was taken into custody.
Riley was wounded twice by police in a standoff before the shooter surrendered and was taken into custody.
Polk County Sheriff

Police said Riley showed up at the home on Sunday and killed Justice Gleason, 40, as well as a 33-year-old woman, her infant son and the boy’s 62-year-old grandmother.

The 11-year-old girl was shot multiple times but survived, police said.

Police said Riley, who served four years in the Marine Corps before he was honorably discharged, was dressed in camouflage and body armor when he showed up.

Police managed to get into the house through a backdoor and apprehend the suspect.
Police managed to get into the house through a backdoor and apprehend the suspect.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office via AP

He was wounded twice in an exchange of gunfire with police before he surrendered.

“None of this makes sense,” neighbor Liberty Ulrich told CBS. “To find out it was random and he literally could have just turned one driveway later and it would have been a different outcome. That hits home.”

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