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Surveillance video may show Darrin Campbell buying fireworks before Tampa blaze

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Darrin Campbell, the businessman, who is presumed to have been found dead along with his wife and two children in a posh Florida mansion, may have been captured on surveillance footage buying $650.00 in fireworks prior to a massive blaze that ravaged the home, according to a May 9, 2014 WFTS report. Campbell, 51, is suspected of shooting his family in the rented residence prior to turning the gun on himself. A gun registered to Campbell was found in the home, The Tampa Tribune reports.

The video is from Tampa’s Phantom Fireworks and shows Campbell enter the store at around 9 a.m. on May 4. An employee of the establishment told WFTS the man appeared to be calm and no different from any other customer. The employee also indicated that Campbell mentioned he was doing his Fourth of July shopping early using a half off coupon.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Col. Donna Lusczynski told reporters that on the same day Campbell purchased the fireworks he also bought several gas cans from a home improvement store, according to CNN.

At around 5:45 a.m. on May 7, firefighters responded to a 911 call and arrived at the 5,800 square feet home the Campbells had rented from tennis player James Blake for the past two years to find the place had gone up in flames. Inside authorities found who they believe are Campbell, his wife Kimberly, and his two teenage children Megan and Colin. An autopsy revealed each died from gunshot wounds, but a positive identification of the bodies has not yet been made, WFTS reports.

According to CNN, Lusczynski stated the fire was started intentionally with an accelerant that has yet to be identified. WFTS notes that the fireworks purchased by Campbell likely played no part in the family’s death. CNN reports that investigators say they are not currently looking for a suspect in the crime.

The Tampa Tribune notes that both Megan and Colin were students at Carrollwood Day School where grief counselors are in place to assist students deal with the tragedy. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay immediately dispatched a trauma response team to the school to be of service to those in need, the center’s spokesperson, Ken Gibson, said in a news release, according to the Tribune.


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