1 person dead after shooting near mall in South Florida

The person dead on the scene is believed to be the shooter who allegedly turned the gun on himsef

The person dead on the scene is believed to be the shooter who allegedly turned the gun on himsef

The shooting happened about 1 p.m.at the upscale mall, the Shops at Merrick Park.

A witness said there was panic inside the gym. Police have not released the names of the shooter and victims. The wounded "included the general manager, who is listed on the fitness center's website as Jeanine Ackerman and a trainer", the Herald added. Employees of other stores and restaurants were seen leaving about an hour after the shooting, once the scene was secure.

Police told CBS Miami that the shooting was a result of an argument between a disgruntled ex-employee and the gym's manager.

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"I had just left Equinox", gym member Shed Boren told the paper.

Equinox said in a statement that is was working with authorities.

There were chaotic scenes as witnesses say gunshots could be heard and an automated voice over a public address system urging people to evacuate or find shelter due to an emergency. Wilson had apparently been let go by the Equinox fitness center in Coral Gables but showed up Saturday in his uniform. More than a dozen police cars were parked outside the outdoor mall, which was ringed with crime scene tape. General Manager Tim Hartog said supporters kept running inside and covered up under tables while others hurried out the indirect access before police set the eatery on lockdown.

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The Miami-Dade Police Department could not be reached for comment.

Two people were airlifted to a hospital, Coral Gables Fire Department Lt. David Perez said.

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