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Man Kills Companion, Self at Mall

November 12, 1999

AVENTURA, Fla. (AP) _ A man whose wife planned to leave him for another man shot and killed his rival and then himself in a Starbucks coffee shop at a suburban Miami shopping mall Thursday morning, police said.

Bernard Desroches and Louis Paduano were at the Aventura Mall in a prearranged meeting to discuss the breakup of the marriage, police Lt. Skip Washa said. Desroches’ wife of 10 years had been seeing Paduano for about two months, he said.

``There was nobody yelling and screaming at each other like there was a fight,″ Washa said.

Desroches, 41, simply pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and shot Paduano, 52, twice in the abdomen. He shot him again as he tried to escape, then put the gun in his own mouth and pulled the trigger, Washa said.

Desroches’ wife, Carla, works in the mall’s Bloomingdale’s store and apparently met Paduano there, Washa said.

He said Desroches didn’t threaten anyone else in the mall Thursday. The shooting occurred about 20 minutes before most of the stores opened for the day.

The palm-fringed mall, one of south Florida’s largest was closed during the investigation but reopened midafternoon.

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