Florida man admits to killing family in 911 call

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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 JASON DEAREN

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- With an edgy yet calm voice, Donald Spirit told a 911 dispatcher he had just killed his six grandchildren, including a baby, and would wait until authorities arrived before going to his back porch and killing himself.

"Yes, ma'am. I just shot my daughter and shot all my grandkids. And I'll be sitting on my steps and when you get here I'm going to shoot myself," Spirit, 51, said in the 911 call released Tuesday.

He placed the call Thursday from his mobile home in the rural north Florida town of Bell after killing his daughter, 28-year-old Sarah Spirit, and her six children: Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11; Kylie Kuhlmann, 9; Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8; Destiny Stewart, 5; Brandon Stewart, 4; and Alanna Stewart, who was born in June.

The dispatcher asked Spirit what kind of gun he had, and he told her it did not matter.

"When you get here, I'll shoot myself and then you can figure out what kind of gun it is," he said, starting to sound angry.

"You got all the kids are dead in the house. ... Six kids, one adult. ... One of them is a baby."

He then repeated that he planned to shoot himself on his back step once officers arrived. The dispatcher can be heard whispering to someone that she needs help before the recording is cut off.

When deputies arrived on scene, they had a brief verbal exchange with Spirit before he shot himself, according to the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office.

Inside the mobile home, the bodies of the six children were scattered. The bodies of Spirit and his daughter were found in different areas outside the home.

The sheriff's office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement said they released the 911 recording because they are in the final stages of the investigation.

Spirit used a .45-caliber handgun, and the FDLE and the sheriff's office have said they are looking into how he obtained a gun. As a felon, he was barred from owning firearms.

The killings have shattered the town of about 500 people about 43 miles west of Gainesville.

The Spirit family had numerous run-ins with the law. Donald Spirit served time after accidentally shooting his young son on a hunting trip.

A police report from 2008 also showed that Sarah Spirit had reported being beaten by her father when she was 36 weeks pregnant.

Two weeks before the killings, someone called a state child abuse hotline to report that adults were doing drugs in front of the kids, according to documents released by Florida's Department of Children and Families.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott told reporters on Tuesday that he is asking for an investigation of DCF actions before the slayings.

"I've asked the (DCF) secretary to do a thorough investigation of all interactions to know what happened there, but right now the most important thing we can do is pray for that family because you just can't imagine it happening to your family."

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