Sebring Bank Shooting Live Updates: Florida Police Report Shots Fired Inside SunTrust Bank

Update: 5:07 p.m. EDT– Authorities confirmed that five people were killed during a shooting at a SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida, on Wednesday. Sebring Police said that it conducted negotiations, which involved a SWAT team, to get the 21-year-old suspect to leave the bank.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis asked that people keep the victims of the shooting in their prayers. "Spoke to both Sheriff Paul Blackman and FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen regarding the tragic shooting in Sebring and offered all the support they may need. Caseyand I are praying for the victims and their families," DeSantis tweeted.

He added: "Please continue to keep the victims and their families in your prayers."

Original story: An investigation by law enforcement is underway in Sebring, Florida, after an incident allegedly involving an armed individual.

The Sebring Police Department responded to the SunTrust Bank at around 12:36 p.m. on Wednesday after a man reported he had fired shots inside the bank, the Highlands County Sheriff's Office said. Police officers and sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and established a perimeter.

The Highlands County Sheriff's Office announced that US-27 was shut down in both directions from Hammock Road to Lakeview Drive following the incident at the bank. The sheriff's office said that negotiations between the barricaded suspect and authorities were unsuccessful.

The HCSO SWAT team then entered the bank to continue negotiations, with the suspect eventually surrendering to the SWAT team. Sebring Mayor John Schoop later confirmed to WTSP that the alleged shooter was alive and had exited the bank.

The sheriff's office also asked that co-workers and family members of anyone inside the branch during the incident should head to the Inn on the Lakes.

Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell claimed in a Facebook post that the incident was an "active shooter situation" but did not provide additional details. Elwell later urged residents to wait for official word from the sheriff's department about the situation.

"Please continue to stay away…and pray for our first responders, and those involved," Elwell wrote.

A Sebring police commander reportedly told WFLA that "there is a report of an armed person" at the SunTrust Bank. The unnamed commander added that "several people are down." Sebring Police declined to confirm anything regarding the incident to Newsweek.

This story has been updated to include the update by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, comment by Governor DeSantis and information regarding the victims.