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Accused gunman upset about jobless benefits

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The man accused of opening fire today at the engineering firm where he once worked in Orlando, Florida, was reportedly upset about jobless benefits.

One person died in the incident, and five were wounded. Police say Jason Rodriguez believed the company had blocked his efforts to get unemployment benefits. He worked for the firm forabout a year before being fired in June 2007.

His former supervisors say his work was not up to snuff. As he was led into a police station, Rodriguez said the company left him "to rot." But a spokesman for the firm says there was noindication of hard feelings.

At a recent bankruptcy hearing, Rodriguez said he was $90,000 in debt and making $30,000 a year working at a sandwich shop.

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