HAINES CITY, Fla. — A Lake Wales man is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and shooting her friend early Saturday, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. 

  • Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend, shooting her friend
  • David Murdock, 60, charged with 1st-degree murder
  • Lisa Bunce, 56, found dead inside a home

The shooting happened just after 1 a.m. inside the Sweetwater Tennis and Golf community near Haines City. 

Deputies arrived at a residence on 373 Melbourne Drive in response to a shooting and found 60-year-old David Murdock sitting outside with a gun next to him. 

Deputies say Murdock killed 56-year-old Lisa Bunce, and shot another woman, 66-year-old Sanda Andrews. According to deputies, Murdock got into the community and shot through glass in order to kill Bunce, who was visiting Andrews, her best friend.

Bunce was found dead inside a bedroom closet with a gunshot wound to the head. Andrews was found on the front porch with an apparent gunshot wound to the face. Andrews told police "David" shot her. She was taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center and is expected to survive.

The shooting has stunned people who live in the quiet retirement community.

"You figure we're in a gated community and you're safe," Heidi Bernier said. 

Peggy Walters described Bunce as a fun-loving person and a good mother. 

Deputies say Murdock called 911 and admitted to shooting two people, telling a dispatcher that he had to "get rid of the devil."

"She was a good person," Walters said. "A lot of people are going to miss her."

Neighbors said they heard gunshots.

"I looked at the clock immediately after I head the gunshots and they came in rapid succession," Craig Durrell said. 

Another neighbor said she then heard three more shots. 

Authorities said Murdock and Bunce had a previous troubled relationship that ended in December of 2017.  

Friends said Bunce broke up with Murdock and then moved back to Ohio. They said she had a restraining order against him, but it was dismissed in December. 

"Why did the court drop the restraining order," Walters said. "They have to take women seriously. It might have prevented it."

Meanwhile, the security team at the community is trying to figure out whose gate code Murdock used to get access.

Murdock has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, armed burglary with assault/battery, and shooting into a building. 

He is being held at the Polk County Jail on no bond.