UPDATE 5 p.m. EST: Police blamed a domestic dispute for a shooting at a Melbourne, Florida, mall that left one man and the shooter dead, and the gunman's ex-wife injured. Reuters reported the suspected gunman, Jose Garcia-Rodriguez, 57, of Palm Bay, his wife, Idanerys Garcia-Rodriguez, 33, and an unidentified man were found in the mall's food court. Police said the gunman killed himself.
Idanerys Garcia-Rodriguez was reported in good condition at a hospital. Police Cmdr. Vince Pryce said the unidentified man reportedly tried to get the gun away from the shooter but that had yet to be confirmed. About 100 people were inside the mall at the time of the shooting. Three handguns were found at the scene, Pryce said.
The mall was to reopen Sunday.
A shooting at a mall in Melbourne, Florida, early Saturday left one person dead and two others injured, according to multiple media reports. "We discovered one gentlemen that is the suspect, one victim and another victim," Melbourne police commander Vince Pryce told WFTV, adding that the situation was contained.
A witness told the Sydney Morning Herald the gunman shot two people before turning the gun on himself. Police have yet to say whether the shooter is dead.
Authorities evacuated the Melbourne Square mall after shooting erupted in the shopping center’s food court just before the mall opened at 10 a.m., according to WFTV.
“We were putting our merchandise out in Kay Jewelers and all the sudden we heard these really loud bangs. Like eight of them. It was definitely gunshots. People were running through the mall and stuff and trying to see what’s going on,” mall employee Cody Jones told WFTV. “I saw two people shot when I walked outside the entrance.”
The identities of the suspect and the victims have not been released. The relationship between the suspect and the two victims is unknown. The Melbourne Square mall, located on Florida’s east coast, will remain closed for the day, Melbourne police said in a tweet. Officers from the West Melbourne and Palm Bay police departments, along with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are conducting the investigation, Pryce told cable news network Bay News 9.