Man shoots his girlfriend dead, injures her two sons, others

A man from the Florida area in US has been arrested for a shooting that left his girlfriend dead and five others injured, including a teenage girl waiting for the school bus.

Allen Cashe, 31, shot his girlfriend, a single mother, on Monday following a dispute at her home shortly after 6 am. The verbal argument escalated to a physical fight and the police were called in to intervene. A few hours before the shooting, a Sanford police officer had to separate the couple as they were fighting at a gas station but that was not the end of their fight.

Less than an hour later, police received another call about the couple quarreling. An officer got there and gathered that they were arguing over personal possessions.

The officer also learned that Cashe had a gun but the officer did not see one so he simply separated them and asked Cashe to go home. Not long after the officer left, Cashe allegedly opened fire on his girlfriend's residence, killing her and injuring her two sons and her father.

Her sons and their grandfather are in a critical condition in hospital. Cashe ran away after shooting and as he did he shot randomly, hitting two people - a man and a high school-aged female. 

A Sanford police officer who was close by heard the second shooting and spotted Cashe's car. He followed Cashe's car to a nearby apartment complex, where he arrested him. Police said they found a gun in his vehicle.

Formal charges have not been filed against Cashe. However, authorities will likely lodge “multiple” criminal counts against him before he is arraigned, a Sanford police spokeswoman said.

The boyfriend remains behind bars without bail.