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Victims Named, Person of Interest Cooperating in Investigation After Chuluota Shooting

Deputies are searching for Grant Amato. Photo: Danielle Prieur

Deputies are searching for Grant Amato. Photo: Danielle Prieur

Update 11:30 AM EST 

The Seminole County Sheriff Office has released the names of the victims in a triple homicide in Chuluota. They are Chad Amato, 59, Margaret Amato, 61, and Cody Amato, 31.

Sheriff’s deputies say person-of-interest 29-year old Grant Amato was released from investigative detention and is cooperating.

Authorities found Amato in an Orange County hotel room Saturday morning after a 24-hour-search for him and his ‘96 white Accord with FL tag L1GH7.

He was taken into custody without incident.

A coworker called in a wellness check when one of the victims didn’t come to work on Thursday.

When deputies arrived at the home on Sultan Circle Friday morning, they found the two men and woman dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Investigators continue to gather evidence in the case which they believe was not a random act of violence.

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Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, ... Read Full Bio »