Grandfather who gunned down six grandchildren and his daughter previously killed his eight-year-old son

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, and Gilcrist county sheriff Robert Schultz, right, talk to the media Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Bell, Fla. On Thursday, 51-year-old Don Spirit killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Gov. Rick Scott, right, and Gilcrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz, left, talk to reporters in Bell, Fla. on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 regarding Thursday's shooting. Authorities said Don Sprit, who spent time in prison for the death of his young son, killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
A Gilchrist County Sheriff's car blocks NW 29th Terrace in Bell, Fla., on Friday, September 19, 2014. At the site on Thursday, grandfather Don Spirit killed his six grandchildren, his daughter, and then himself in a rural home. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Gilchrist County School Superintendent Robert Rankin, right, waits to talk with parents and teachers after school in Bell, Fla. on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. On Thursday, six children and their mother were killed by their grandfather. Rankin says four of the children attended Bell Elementary School, which has 540 students. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Gilchrist County School Superintendent Robert Rankin, right, talks with a student and adults,left, at the end of the day at Bell Elementary School Friday, Sept., 19, 2014 in Bell,Fla. The is trying to overcome the news of six children and their mother who were slain by their grandfather, who also killed himself Thursday. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
An officer from the sheriff's department watches school buses leave Bell Elementary School in Bell, Fla. on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. On Thursday, six children and their mother were killed by their grandfather. School officials said four of the children attended the elementary school, which has 540 students. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz, right, speaks at a news conference, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Bell, Fla., about 51-year-old Don Spirit, who killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage on Thursday. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. Schultz, second from left, speaks during a news conference in Bell, Fla. on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 about a shooting earlier in the day. Officials said two adults and six children are dead in the incident. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)
This undated image provided by the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 shows Don Spirit. On Thursday, officials said Spirit is suspected of killing six of his grandchildren, his daughter and himself near Bell, Fla. (AP Photo/Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office)
Officials work on NW 29th Terrace near the scene of a shooting on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Bell, Fla. Officials said two adults and six children are dead in the incident. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)
Officials walk along NW 29th Terrace near the scene of a shooting on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Bell, Fla. Officials said two adults and six children are dead in the incident. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)
A Gilchrist County sheriff's deputy lowers the yellow tape to let vehicles through at the scene of a shooting on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Bell, Fla. Officials said two adults and six children are dead in the incident. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)
Gilchrist county sheriff Bobby Schultz talks with the media following the shooting deaths of 8 members of a familhy in Bell, FL, Thursday, Sept., 18, 2014. Schultz said a man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

A Gilchrist county sheriffs car sits at the end of a trailer home where 7 members of a family were slain by their grandfather in Bell, FL, Thursday, Sept., 18, 2014. The grandfather, Don Spirit also killed himself. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz speaks with reporters in Bell, Fla. on Thursday, Sept., 18, 2014 about the shooting deaths of two adults and six children. Officials said Don Spirit is suspected of killing his six grandchildren, his daughter and himself near Bell. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Donald Spirit, 51, gunned down his daughter and her six children before turning the gun on himself, police said. (Gilchrist County Sheriff)
A Gilchrist County sheriff's deputy stands guard on a road near the scene of a shooting on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Bell, Fla. Officials said two adults and six children are dead in the incident. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)
A picture from the scene of Bell shooting, which took place at Donald Spirit's trailer home. (WCJB)
Sarah Spirit, 28, was reportedly shot dead by her father, along with her six children. (Facebook)
Gilchrist County Schools Superintendent Robert Rankin holds his emotions as he talks to the media Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Bell, Fla., during a news conference concerning 51-year-old Don Spirit, who killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage on Thursday. Rankin said four of the children attended Bell Elementary School. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
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By RYAN GORMAN

It has been revealed that the gunman behind a mass shooting Thursday in Florida previously killed his son in a hunting accident and reportedly suffered mental health problems.

Grandfather Don Spirit, 51, reportedly gunned down his adult daughter and her six children inside his Bell home, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said in a Thursday evening press conference. Local media is reporting the other adult victim is 28-year-old Sarah Spirit, but he declined to confirm.

The deceased children are reported by WESH to be: Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11, Kylie Kuhlmann, 9, Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8, Destiny Stewart, 5, Brandon Stewart, 4, and Alanna Stewart, 3 months.

"There's still a lot of unanswered questions. There's going to be questions that we're never going to get answered," said Schultz.

Eight Dead in Florida Shooting

Donald Spirit was previously convicted in a felony drug case and also pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge after accidentally killing his eight-year-old son in a hunting accident, authorities said.

"It all happened so quickly," the crying man told the Tampa Bay Times during his trial, according to the Miami Herald.

The ex-con's rifle fired as he was pointing out rust on the barrel November 14, 2001, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The boy was struck in the head.

Donald Spirit revealed to the paper during the subsequent trial that he suffered from mental health problems and also had concerns his medication was insufficient.

"The medication, I've tried it. It ain't working," Spirit told the Sentinel during a 2003 interview. "The one medicine I have is my family."

Donald Spirit called 911 around 4:00 p.m. and "made reference to harming people and himself," Schultz said. He committed suicide shortly after deputies arrived on the scene.

First responders found a horrific scene when they arrived: Seven dead bodies strewn "all over the property," according to Schultz.

"I haven't handled something like this at all, to say that this county, this community is not going to be devastated by this... There are certain things in life you can explain, and there are some things you can't," Schultz lamented, looking down as if trying to come to grips with the carnage.

"We'll get through this, but I continue to ask everybody to pray for those involved," he added.

The Thursday afternoon incident began as a domestic dispute, but it is not known what triggered the confrontation. Also not clear is what type of gun was used in the mass shooting.

"It started out as a family dispute and escalated," a law enforcement source previously told AOL News.

Donald Spirit has a criminal record, Schultz said, but declined to confirm his previous charges. Deupites had been to the trailer home multiple times in the past, he added.

HIllsborough County Court records revealed more than a half dozen other charges ranging from battery to depriving a child of food/shelter and DUI.

His most recent prison stint was in 2009.

"I may not have lived the best life," he previously told the Times.

Methamphetamine is also reportedly "a problem" in the trailer home where Donald Spirit lives.

State court records list him as an indigent for defaulting in 2009 on a $180 misdemeanor court fee.

Bell is about 40 miles northwest of Gainesville. The town has a population of nearly 400 people.

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