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Man who shot 2 women at Central Florida resorts said he would do it again

It was a frightening scene in the heart of Orlando's theme park district on Wednesday night.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested Jailen Houston, 19, after they said he carried out a shooting spree near International Drive starting around 10:40 p.m.

In total, deputies got calls about shots fired from at least five locations, and two women were shot and brought to the hospital.

According to the sheriff's office, the 19-year-old lives in Georgia and told them that he came to Orlando a couple of days ago to try to enroll in a local university.

The sheriff's office said Houston told them that he went to Westgate Lakes Resort on Wednesday and got frustrated when the hotel said he could not check in because he is not 21.

According to the arrest affidavit, Houston then drove to a store where he bought ammunition and magazines and loaded an AR-15 rifle that he brought with him.

The report said he drove back to the resort, went inside to use the restroom and then went back out to his car to get his rifle.

He allegedly walked back into the hotel lobby, saw three people inside and started firing at them.

The sheriff's office said he shot one woman in her 20s and she was taken to the hospital.

From there, the sheriff's office said he went to Marriott Cypress Harbour Villas where he allegedly shot a security guard who is also a woman in her 20s.

She was also taken to the hospital.

In total, Orange County Undersheriff Mark Canty said they received reports from at least five locations, including Marriott Residence Inn, Integra Cove Apartments, cars and a bus.

Orange County Undersheriff Mark Canty said some of the occupants in the cars Houston fired at suffered injuries from the broken glass.

None of them had gunshot wounds.

"We can't be certain of the exact chronology as of yet because, like I said, we're very early in the investigation, but we know these events happened very, very quickly," Canty said.

The sheriff's office said Houston took off and drove towards Osceola County and crashed on Interstate 4.

A deputy happened to see the wrecked car and Houston sitting on a guardrail about 20 minutes after he allegedly fired the first shot and saw an AR-15 in the passenger seat.

During the interrogation, the report says Houston "confessed to all of the forementioned shootings" and said, "he felt good while shooting at people and it provided him a sense of relief."

The report continues on to say: "When asked if he would conduct similar shootings in the future he acknowledged that he would."

Canty addressed Houston's arrest on Thursday.

"Our system worked. People saw something that happened, they called 911 immediately. Our deputies responded and we took the suspect into custody," Canty said.

Houston faces one charge of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm. The sheriff's office expects more charges will be filed.

The investigation is still ongoing.


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