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Man accused of deadly shooting says 'sorry' on Facebook

Haines City police said Ernst Cherizard shot and killed the mother of his two children and her aunt.

UPDATE: Man accused of killing 2 women and a 6-year-old girl turns himself in


HAINES CITY, Fla. -- A man accused of shooting two women and a young girl published an apology note of sorts on Facebook, police said.

Ernst Cherizard, 38, shot and killed 23-year-old Eli Junia Normil, the mother of his two children, according to a Haines City Police Department news release. Police said he, too, killed her 48-year-old aunt, Nicole Guillume.

The 6-year-old child shot is on life support after she was shot several times, once in the head. She is not Cherizard's child.

"Daddy is so sorry with all my heart cuz I can't believe this happened," Cherizard wrote on Facebook, police said.

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The shooting happened before 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Citrus Ridge Apartment Complex. Two relatives of one of the victims arrived at the apartment complex to check on them, and Cherizard told them that she was not there, police said. 

One of the relatives returned and got into a confrontation with Cherizard, who fatally shot her, police said.

Cherizard reportedly drove off in a burgundy 2011 Nissan Altima with Florida tag GZN C82. The car was spotted passing the Boyton Beach, Florida, toll plaza just after midnight Saturday. 

It is located just south of West Palm Beach.

"Despite his remorse, make no mistake about it -- this man is a monster," Police Chief Jim Elensky said in the release. "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.

"... 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."

Anyone with information about Cherizard's whereabouts is asked to call 911. To remain anonymous, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477 (TIPS).

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