Vastavam Web: A former gym employee opened fire inside the facility, critically wounding a manager and another person before he killed himself, officials said.The manager later died at a hospital after the shooting at the Equinox gym, a law enforcement official who was brief on the investigation told The Associated Press.The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to release the information.Miami-Dade police said the second victim was in critical condition at a hospital. Police have not released the names of the shooter and victims.
“It appears to be an ex-employee, managerial dispute that triggered this shooting,” Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said.The mall is within a couple miles of the University of Miami campus. Former Miami baseball standout Javy Rodriguez said he was inside the gym and working out when the shots started, writing on Facebook that he ran to safety. He also helped others get out of the building.”So that’s exactly what we did,” said Tim Hartog, the restaurant’s general manager. “It was never chaotic. We’re trained to do these things.”
Employees were allowed to clean and shut down the restaurant for the day, and were told to go home afterward.Hartog said the mall was closed until Sunday.
More than a dozen police cars and firetrucks were outside the mall for hours after the shooting. Employees of other stores and restaurants were seen leaving about an hour after the shooting, once the scene was secure.