Shooting at upscale Florida mall leaves 1 dead, 2 wounded

Apr 09, 2017, 02:35
Shooting at upscale Florida mall leaves 1 dead, 2 wounded

A trainer dismissed from his job at a Florida Equinox fitness center returned to the upscale mall that houses the gym and opened fire, injuring two people before turning the gun on himself, police said.

City of Miami police officers work the shooting scene at the Shops at Merrick Park on April 8, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Both were transported Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where Ackerman later died, a police source told The Miami Herald.

Alvaro Zabaleta of the Miami-Dade Police Department said in an email to news organizations that detectives were called to the scene of a shooting along South Lejeune Road in Coral Gables. There was no immediate word on their conditions.

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"The system worked exactly as it should have", Hudak said.

Coral Gables police flooded the mall, which is located at 358 San Lorenzo Ave.in Coral Gables, between Bird Road and US 1, off Ponce de Leon Bouvlevard, and began putting nearby restaurants and shops, which include Nordstrom, Neiman-Marcus, Crate & Barrel and Jimmy Choo shoes, on lockdown. "It was never chaotic". He said the mall was closed until Sunday.

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More than a dozen police cars were stationed outside the mall as shoppers ran to safety and recorded video. Employees of other stores and restaurants were seen leaving about an hour after the shooting, once the scene was secure. "Out of respect for them and our entire Equinox family, we will refrain from commenting further until it is appropriate to do so", the statement said.

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