The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s office released the chilling audio from a 911 call placed by Donald Spirit after he fatally shot his daughter and her six small children in the tiny town of Bell, Florida, last week.
Spirit calmly told the dispatcher what he had done and that he would shoot himself as soon as police arrived at the residence. Spirit remained relatively composed throughout most of the call, only becoming agitated when the dispatcher pressed him for additional information.
911: Gilchrist County 911. What’s the address of the emergency?
SPIRIT: Yes ma’am I, I umm, I just shot my daughter. And shot all my grandkids. And I’ll be sitting on my step. And when you’s get here I’m going to shoot myself.
911: What’s the address that you’re at sir?
SPIRIT: 4550 Northwest 25 Terrace. Don Spirit. Every one of them are dead.
911: And you said your name is Don Spirit?
911: Alright Don, what kind of gun do you have?
SPIRIT: It doesn’t matter what kind of gun I’ve got. They’re all dead and when you get here I’ll shoot myself and then you figure out what kind of gun it is.
911: How long ago did this happen, Don?
SPIRIT: I, I don’t want to hear it ma’am. I’m done with every (expletive) thing. Just bring the mother (expletive) out here. That’s all. You got all the kids are dead in the house.
911: Okay, how many people?
911: Okay, how many people?
SPIRIT: Six kids, one adult.
911: Six kids and one adult?
SPIRIT: Yeah. One of them is a baby.
911: Alright Don, is there any way you can stay on the phone with me until I can get someone there to help you?
SPIRIT: What’s that?
911: Can I have you stay on the phone with me?
SPIRIT: No. I. I’m not that I’m waiting for them to get here. When they get here I’m going to shoot myself on my back steps. Alls I’m doing is waiting for them.
911: So you’re sitting on your back steps?
(911 dispatcher whispers): I need help.
911: Okay. Don. Umm.
Then call cuts off.
When police arrived at the home, there was a short exchange of words before Spirit shot himself outside of his mobile home. Authorities then discovered the body of Spirit’s 28-year-old daughter, Sarah, outside.
Upon entering the home, police found the bodies of the children scattered throughout. Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11, Kylie Kuhlmann, 9, Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8, Destiny Stewart, 5, Brandon Stewart, 4, and 3-month-old Alanna Stewart were pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation revealed that Spirit served time more than 10 years ago for the fatal shooting of his 8-year-old son during what was ruled a hunting accident. He was also charged with a felony possession of marijuana in 1998. As a convicted felon, Spirit was in illegal possession of the .45-caliber handgun he used during the murder-suicide last week, and investigators were working to find out how he obtained the firearm.
Authorities also disclosed that just two weeks prior to the tragedy, the Department of Children and Families received an anonymous phone call claiming that the adults in the home were using drugs in front of the children. In addition, Sarah claimed that her father had beat her in 2008 when she was 36 weeks pregnant.