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1 dead, 2 wounded after shooting at fitness center in South Florida mall

Police patrol outside of the Shops at Merrick Park after a shooting, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Coral Gables, Fla. Alvaro Zabaleta of the Miami-Dade Police Department says detectives have responded to the scene of the shooting in the upscale shopping mall in South Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

 

April 08, 2017

A man shot and wounded two people, and then killed himself in a shooting Saturday at a luxury fitness center in an upscale shopping mall, The Miami Herald reported.

Cops responded to the Village of Merrick Park mall in Coral Gables and put restaurants, shops, and department stores Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus on lockdown, the paper reported.

The shooter opened fire inside the Equinox fitness center around 1 p.m.

Shed Boren told the paper he had just left, and heard the shooter was a disgruntled trainer.

“I heard from my trainer that it was a trainer that had been let go,” he said. He said the victims were the general manager and a trainer.

Their conditions were not known.

Miami-Dade Police said on Facebook 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 crowded patio at Yard House, a nearby sports bar, emptied when the shooting began, the Herald reported.

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

A reporter at the scene saw a dozen police cars parked outside the mall, which was ringed with crime scene tape.

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