Florida Crossfit Instructor Shot To Death In the Middle of Class

Categories: WTF Florida

via Crossfit Mosaic's Facebook
Richard Millsap
Richard Millsap's friends say his dream was to open a Crossfit gym where anyone could get ripped -- or at least lose a few pounds -- even if they couldn't afford the program. The muscle-bound 33-year-old made that goal a reality last March, renting out a warehouse in Winter Garden for an outpost of the wildly popular fitness regimen.

On Monday, Millsap was doing what he loved, leading a small class of eight through a grueling session, when a man stalked in, shot the instructor to death in front of his students and then escaped.

Police have released few details in the shooting and are still searching for a motive, but the Orlando Sentinel reports this morning that Millsap had been the target of another shooting last October.

Millsap, who previously worked as a trainer for professional athletes including the Orlando Magic's DeShawn Stephenson, was driving home from a basketball game on Oct. 14 when someone sprayed three bullets into his sedan. Millsap wasn't hurt and told police at the time he had no enemies and didn't know why he'd been shot at.

Police are also mum on a motive for Millsap's murder, and have released few details, including how many times he was shot before bleeding to death in his gym.

The gunman fled after murdering Millsap, eluding at least one student who chased him down before jumping into a car driven by an accomplice and speeding away. Police have release a sketch of the gunman:

via Orange County Sheriff's Office
The Facebook page for Millsap's gym has been flooded with condolences from friends, family and Crossfit enthusiasts. His wife, Karen, left a message on Monday:

Thank you everyone.... This is very overwhelming but it's amazing to have such a community of support in crossfit. Richard was the true embodiment of "sleep, eat, WOD". For him, crossfit meant "getting fit to carry the cross".... And he was perfect when God rested his soul. Please contact Jeremy at CrossFit Armor, who is coordinating a wod in his honor. God bless - karen

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35 comments
peggy70a
peggy70a

Cowards always run.  Do not have the balls to confront someone if  he/she has a problem with a person.  Sneaky snakes!!!

nytronics83
nytronics83

the gunmen always flee. like little pussies all the bullies with guns run away and have to use violence to solve things.

mbrown5826
mbrown5826

Its sickening that people can make jokes and sarcastic comments about someone's tragic death. Richard was my friend, someone's father, husband, and son. I don't wish harm on anyone, but I wonder if these jokes you make now will be made again when a tragedy like this knocks on your door? 

Enrique Merlano
Enrique Merlano

Terry Cornell this wasn't in Miami.. Did you even read the article??

sasha6697
sasha6697

8 students and no one got a better description?

Anthony Burke Boylan
Anthony Burke Boylan

As a Chicagoan, I like how this takes the spotlight off of our crime rate.

kaf704
kaf704

seriously is that a white man or black man, horrible drawing.  Isn't there any more details about the color of his clothing?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Richard Millsap's past and learned someone opened fire on Millsap in October. Millsap was able to describe the shooter's vehicle but the case was never solved.

Last year, Millsap told deputies he was the victim of a drive-by shooting during daylight hours after he left a basketball game.

Millsap was able to describe the shooter's vehicle but the case was never solved. He told deputies he didn't know of anyone who was after him and authorities couldn't find any witnesses who saw or heard the shooting.

Two years ago, Millsap was charged with felony battery over a fight at a downtown pizzeria in which he was accused of striking a patron, fighting with a security guard and threatening to get his gun.

Millsap pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and completed community service and an anger management course

Octavio Diaz
Octavio Diaz

If the suspect takes off his hat and sunglasses, they'll never catch him!

Alex Beron
Alex Beron

Danny Lopez-Calleja Alejandro Lopez-Calleja

ler713
ler713

Crossfit is not a franchise, fyi. 

DjCarlos Rojas
DjCarlos Rojas

surprised? Is Florida what is New? U can get shot in the bus, church, streets, etc etc etc...

Barbara Behrens
Barbara Behrens

Very sad, my condolence to the famy. Hope they find the shooter...

Fred Gadson
Fred Gadson

Oh, my gosh!! Hope the authorities find the animal who did this and bring him to justice. It is a shame that people can be so jealous and take a precious life.

bigal_1067
bigal_1067

Sounds like he might have been "working out" with someones wife ijs! 

RickyJames
RickyJames

@nytronics83 u expect to stay put and wait for the police so they can eventually pay their debt tto society lol?

nytronics83
nytronics83

@mbrown5826 I agree. There are always a bunch of assholes on news stories like this stoking the fire with their senseless and rude comments. sorry for the loss of your friend.

albertr0326
albertr0326

@Terry D Cornell is not Miami you idiot learn how to read

illwilled19
illwilled19

I like shitholes , but assholes like you I hate , read the story , it's somewhere else where you should be ,

peggy70a
peggy70a

@drakemallard And what is your point?  Are you trying to demonize  the gentleman or inferring he did something that caused his cowardly murder?  People like you make me sick with bullshit like this. Why bring up this kind of mess.  Help find the cowardly murder and shut up!!!

peggy70a
peggy70a

@bigal_1067 Stop it !!  I wish you could be sued for slander.  You heartless moron!!

nytronics83
nytronics83

@RickyJames @nytronics83 yes, that is definitely what i expect to occur after a murder. i'm saying it's just some coward who instead of walking up like a man and confronting this gentleman they pointlessly murder him and run off. 

bigal_1067
bigal_1067

@peggy70a @bigal_1067 seems i hit a nerve @peggy70a  no offense, it's just that no one just walks into a place of business like that and blows someone away unless there is something personal going on. I do hope they find the killer, no one deserves to end up like this. 

peggy70a
peggy70a

@bigal_1067 @peggy70a .  Thanks for replying.  Just so sick and tired of all of the violence.  Why can't people communicate their problems  without hurting people??

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