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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Two Americans killed in a shooting rampage at a police training facility in Jordan were from Florida.
James Creach and Lloyd “Carl” Fields Jr. were shot and killed in the facility on the outskirts of Amman on Monday. It is considered one of the nation’s most secure police facilities
On Tuesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a statement on their deaths saying,
“We are heartbroken to hear of the deaths of two Floridians, James Creach and Lloyd “Carl” Fields Jr., who were both tragically shot and killed in Jordan yesterday while providing police training to increase safety in the region. Both men served as law enforcement officers and will be remembered for their service to protect others. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families during this difficult time of grief.”
As their families grieve, the Jordanian government has launched an investigation into the shooting which killed a total of five people including the two Floridians and a South African contractor.
Officials have released few details, but a government spokesman said on Tuesday that the attacker, a Jordanian police captain, opened fire in a dining hall.
The assailant was killed by security forces, the spokesman said.
The government did not officially release the name of the attacker but a former parliament member, Suleiman Saed, however said security forces told him a relative, 29-year-old police Captain Anwar Abu Zaid, was the assailant.
Abu Zaid’s family has said he was not an extremist.
His brother Fadi said the family was trying to look into a report that said Anwar had been caught up in a shootout at the canteen.
Jordanian Interior Minister, Salameh Hammad, said on Tuesday that Jordan was ready to face any attacks against the security of the Kingdom.
Hammad was speaking to reporters during the funeral of one of the two Jordanian translators also killed in the incident.
Thousands of police officers from the region, including the Palestinian territories, have undergone training at the center.