The Latest: Miami gym expresses sorrow over 2 slain workers

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Posted: Apr 09, 2017 10:33 AM
The Latest: Miami gym expresses sorrow over 2 slain workers

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting on Saturday at a Florida gym (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

A Florida gym that was the scene of a deadly shooting Saturday says it is "deeply saddened" by the deaths of two employees, 35-year-old Janine Ackerman and 42-year-old Marios Hortis. Ackerman was identified as the club's general manager.

Executives of Equinox including CEO Niki Leondakis said in an email that the two employees would always be "in our hearts."

Authorities say a former employee opened fire at Equinox in Coral Gables and then killed himself. Miami-Dade police say the shooting happened due to a dispute between the ex-worker and the manager.

The shooting happened about 1 p.m. at the upscale mall the Shops at Merrick Park. Shoppers and diners at mall restaurants ran to safety or took cover.

8 p.m.

A law enforcement official says a former gym employee opened fire inside the Florida facility, critically wounding a manager and another person before he killed himself.

The official says the manager later died at a hospital Saturday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Miami-Dade police say the shooting happened during a dispute between the ex-worker and the manager. The second victim is in critical condition at a hospital.

The shooting happened about 1 p.m. at the upscale mall the Shops at Merrick Park. Shoppers and diners at mall restaurants ran to safety or took cover.

Police have not released the names of the shooter and victims.

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2:20 p.m.

Officials say one person is dead after shooting near upscale shopping mall in South Florida.

Alvaro Zabaleta of the Miami-Dade Police Department says detectives have responded to the scene of the shooting in Coral Gables that resulted in one death.

Zabaleta says the location of the shooting was along South Lejeune Road at an address that appears at or near the Shops of Merrick Park, an upscale shopping mall.