HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 6-year-old girl who was critically injured in a shooting on Friday has died, authorities said.
Elizabelle Frenel was rushed to an Orlando hospital after she was gunned down along with her mother and another family member at an apartment complex in Haines City. She succumbed to her injuries at about 11 p.m. Saturday.
Police say Ernst Cherizard, 38, shot Frenel and her mother, 23-year-old Eli Junia Normil at the Citrus Ridge Apartments shortly before 7:30 p.m Friday.
When Normil’s relatives came to the apartment to check on her, Cherizard told them they were not there. Her aunt, 48-year-old Nicole Guillume, returned to the complex and a confrontation ensued. That’s when Cherizard fired a handgun and killed Guillume before fleeing.
Cherizard fled in a burgundy 2011 Nissan Altima with the Florida tag GZN C82. The vehicle was last seen passing a Boyton Beach toll plaza shortly after midnight Saturday. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Police arrived at the scene and found Normil deceased and the child critically injured.
Police said Normil and Cherizard were in a relationship and have two children together, but Frenel was not his child.
In the early hours Saturday, Cherizard took to Facebook to acknowledge the crime and apologized to his children.
“Daddy is so sorry with all my heart cuz I can’t believe this happened,” he wrote in the post.
“Despite his remorse, make no mistake about it this man is a monster,” Chief Jim Elensky said. “To consciously shoot three innocent, unarmed females is nothing less than being a coward. To shoot a truly innocent 6-year-old child is disgusting and beyond comprehension. Moreover, he shot the child at least three times, once being in the head. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the first responders who did everything they could at the scene. They also must live with this tragedy.”
Those with information on his whereabouts should call Haines City police. To remain anonymous, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.
If you would like to support paying tribute to Jenny Ormil & Nicole Guillaume you can visit their GoFundMe page