Ronnie O’Neal, 29, of Riverview, Florida has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, resisting arrest and arson in a Tampa-area double murder and house fire. The boy who survived told rescue personnel his father shot his mother and a 9-year-old girl was found stabbed to death.
Oneal himself phoned 911 and said he’d been “attacked by some white demons …she tried to kill me and I just killed her.” Oneal identified the woman he’d shot as “Ke-Ke,” and gave his address, 13248 Pike Lake Drive.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies responded just before midnight to a separate call from the woman at the same address saying she’d been shot, begging for help. Police arrived and found her lying dead in front of a neighbor’s door and the Pike Lake Drive house on fire.
WFLA reported that “dispatchers said a man could be overheard in the background yelling ‘Allah Akbar!’” The phrase means God is great in Arabic. Dispatchers also heard, ‘She killed me.’ The woman could then be heard screaming and saying, ‘I’m so sorry Ronnie.’”
Moments later, another 911 call came in from a man saying, “I’ve just been attacked by some white demons…She tried to kill me and I just killed her,” and gave dispatchers the Pike Lake Drive address.
With sheriff deputies on the scene and firefighters arriving, O’Neal appeared. He walked out from a garage toward deputies and, ignoring warnings to stop, was tased and taken into custody. According to police, Oneal said: “Allah Akbar.”
Meanwhile, an 11-year-old boy came out of the house with burns and stab wounds. He told rescue personnel, “My father shot my mother,” WFLA reported.
It was when firefighters were attempting to control the blaze they discovered the body of the young girl who had endured multiple stab wounds. Both the girl and woman were pronounced dead at the scene.
The boy, Oneal’s son, was being treated at Tampa General Hospital for neck and upper body stab sounds.
ONeal did not make a statement, police said, save for the declaration on the 911 call and when in custody. But police said Oneal smelled like gas and had a burn on his arm.
Riverview, a suburb of Tampa, is a middle class community of about 85,000 with good schools, and low crime, residents report.