A shooting at a hair salon in central Florida on Thursday morning has left four people dead including the gunman and another wounded. Shortly after opening fire on the women, the gunman committed suicide at the home of a friend nearby, multiple news reports said.
The victims, in what police are calling a domestic-related dispute, were four female employees at Las Dominicanas M & M Salon in Casselberry. Three of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, and a fourth is alive but in an unknown condition. Two addtional women fled the salon.
Although none of the names of the victims have been released yet, Sara Brady, a spokeswoman for the Casselberry Police Department, confirmed that the fourth victim was being treated for wounds at a nearby hospital in Orlando.
According to a report by the Inquisitr, two women who claimed to be cousins of the gunman said that he was mentally unwell and was trying to start a romantic relationship with one of the victims. “My cousin, he’s been having problems. He’s mentally not there. We’ve been telling her, just keep away from him, keep away from him. Get a restraining order,” said one of women.
Juan Diaz, a witness who was at a store near the salon when the shooting took place, said that he saw the gunman enter the salon and waited for him to leave before going inside.
“We saw the guy with the gun in his hand ... coming this way … on foot with the gun in his hand,” said Diaz. “When we realized the guy was gone … we went in the hair salon. And once we were in the hair salon, we just saw a bunch of dead bodies. Four people shot. Three people dead. Not a good thing.”
Heather Smith, a spokeswoman for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, said that after leaving the crime scene the shooter arrived at the home on Paradise Lane at around 11 a.m. The residents told police that the shooter was a friend but that they were aware he had issues.
“They were some problems that he felt like he couldn’t remedy,” said Smith.