The Haines City Police Department identified 38-year-old Ernst Cherizard as the suspect.
Authorities believed that Cherizard fled after the incident in a burgundy 2011 Nissan Altima Florida tag GZN C82.
“Two women are deceased and one child is in extremely critical condition. There are no other victims,” the police said in a Twitter post.
We are looking for the public’s help finding Ernst Cherizard (8/13/1980) who fled in a burgundy 2011 Nissan Altima Florida tag GZN C82 after shooting three people at Citrus Ridge Apartments. pic.twitter.com/MjgdJ5joEm
— Haines City Police Department (@HainesCityPD) April 13, 2019
The victims were identified as Cherizard’s 23-year-old girlfriend Eli Junia Normil, her 48-year old aunt Nicole Guillume, and her 6-year-old daughter Isabella Frenel, Fox 13 reported.
The little girl was shot three times, including once in the head, authorities said.
Haines City Police Department Chief Jim Elensky said Isabella “will most likely” not survive her injuries on Saturday morning, April 13, Orlando Sentinel reported.
According to Fox 13, Guillume and another woman came to the Citrus Ridge Apartments to check on Normil and found Cherizard there instead.
They left after Cherizard told them Normil wasn’t home.
But Guillume returned and confronted Cherizard.
Cherizard then shot Normil and Isabella first, then shot Guillume as she returned to confront him, investigators told Fox 13.
The police didn’t elaborate on the motive of the suspect.
“No motivation, no motive at this point. (It’s still) early on in the investigation,” Elensky told Fox 13.
But the media outlet reported that Cherizard said on the Facebook that what he did was “pure evil.”
“Daddy is so sorry with all my heart, … I can’t even explain what happened. I can’t believe this happened,” he reportedly wrote in the Facebook post.
Several agencies are currently investigating the case and working to locate and arrest Cherizard.
🆘🆘🆘URGENT. MANHUNT NOW. Please get the word out. @HainesCityPD Florida police: man killed wife, aunt and shot his 6 yo in the head (now in critical condition) – Last seen near Boynton Beach, Florida. Please help. @LindaLeeKing @AlmeidaAlzira https://t.co/5kaxSkGV9H pic.twitter.com/GRMUb987dR
— PaulCBS12 (@PaulCBS12) April 13, 2019
Anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Haines City Police Department or to remain anonymous, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477 (TIPS).