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Police: 2 dead, 1 wounded in central Florida mall shooting

January 18, 2015

MELBOURNE, Florida (AP) — A Florida man had “several pockets full of ammunition” when he targeted his wife in a shooting Saturday morning that left two people dead at a mall food court, police said.

Jose Garcia Rodriguez, 57, of Palm Bay, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at Melbourne Square Mall, said Police Cmdr. Vince Pryce.

His 33-year-old wife, Idanerys Garcia-Rodriguez, was hospitalized with a gunshot wound in good condition, he said.

“The survivor is the intended victim,” Pryce said.

Around 100 people were in the mall preparing to open their stores for shoppers at 10 a.m. when officers responded to reports of multiple gunshots around 9:30 a.m.

“We were still hearing shots when the first officers arrived on scene,” Pryce said.

Officers evacuated the mall, assisting some employees who had locked themselves in closets when they heard gunfire, Pryce said.

Another man died in the shooting. His name was not released, and Pryce said his relationship to the Garcias remained under investigation.

Three handguns were recovered from the scene. When officers found the three victims, Garcia “had several pockets full of ammunition,” Pryce said.

“We believe this may stem from a domestic violence incident,” he said.

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