1 person dead after shooting near mall in South Florida

A gunman opened fire in an Equinox Fitness Club in the Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables, a city south of Miami resulting in one death and two injuries, the Miami Herald reported.

He said no one was being sought in connection with the shooting.

The MDFR helicopter landed at the nearby Coral Gables Senior High School's sports field and took the two wounded to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. "I heard from a trainer that it was a trainer that had been let go. The general manager and one of the trainers were shot".

"The first sounded like something heavy had just dropped, and then there were three or four more and I grabbed my towel", said Reyes, who was standing barefoot outside the gym after scrounging some sweat trousers and a T-shirt to wear.

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About an hour after the shooting, a few people still in workout attire were outside the gym. "There was a dance class of 40 people if he wanted to do that". The mall was on lockdown for a time until police secured the scene.

The scene is now secure, according to the Miami Dade Police Department, but the stores at the mall will remain closed. The manager wasn't moving, said the witness.

Police responded to the Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables around 1 p.m. "Out of respect for them and our entire Equinox family, we will refrain from commenting further until it is appropriate to do so", the statement said.

Before police came by and ordered the restaurant to be locked down, he said many people rushed out the back door, leaving cellphones and other personal possessions behind in the chaos. Miami-Dade Police are assisting in the investigation.

  • Megan Austin