Shooting near South Florida mall leaves 1 dead

09 April, 2017, 02:36 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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A gunman opened fire inside the Equinox fitness center at the Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables around 1 p.m. Saturday, leaving one dead and two people wounded, police said.

Those injured in the attack were both airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospitals' Ryder Trauma Center, the news station reported.

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Witnesses identified the shooter as Abeku Wilson, a well-known 33-year-old personal trainer who had apparently been fired from his job earlier in the day.

No one was being sought in connection with the shooting, Perez said.

The police department surrounded the mall.

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The scene is now secure, according to the Miami Dade Police Department, but the stores at the mall will remain closed.

The shooting occurred around 1pm at the Shops at Merrick Park mall.

He wounded Janine Ackerman, 35, the gym's general manager and Mario Hortis, 42, a fitness manager, witnesses said.

"A woman ran in who had been at Equinox and said she had heard three to four shots and that there was man in a pool of blood, " said Lily Kubli, a designer at Artefacto, a Brazilian furniture store in the mall. "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. However, Miami-Dade Police will now take over the investigation.

Equinox said in a statement that is was working with authorities.

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