Gunman kills 1, wounds 1 before killing himself at South Florida mall

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A disgruntled ex-trainer opened fire inside a fitness center in South Florida Saturday, killing a manager and wounding another employee before he killed himself, officers said.

Cops responded to the Shops at Merrick Park mall in Coral Gables and put eateries, stores, and department stores Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus on lockdown following the shooting, the Miami Herald reported.

Witnesses identified the shooter as Abeku Wilson, a 33 -year-old bodybuilder who had been fired from his undertaking at the Equinox gym in the mall earlier in the working day, the paper reported.

Wilson returned to the gym with a handgun and shoot general manager Janine Ackerman, 35, and trainer Marios Hortis, 42. according to the paper. Ackerman later died at the hospital. The gunfire erupted around 1 p.m.

I heard from my trainer that it was a trainer that had been “lets get going”. Equinox member Shed Boren told the paper, referring to the person responsible for the shooting.

Miami-Dade Police said on Facebook around 3 p. m. Saturday that it was investigating a shooting at the Shops at Merrick Park. The scene is secure and no one is in danger at this time. We will continue to update with further information.

The mobbed patio at Yard House, a nearby athletics bar, emptied when the shooting began, the Herald reported.

People rushed inside, Yard House general manager Tim Hartog said. People were concealing under tables. It was just crazy.

A reporter at the scene insured a dozen police cars parked outside the mall, which is now being ringed with crime scene tape.

The mall, which is typically busy on a Saturday, appeared to have been evacuated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report .

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