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Former gym employee shoots 2 in Florida, self

Police patrol outside of the Shops at Merrick Park after a shooting,Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Coral Gables, Fla. Alvaro Zabaleta of the Miami-Dade Police Department says detectives have responded to the scene of the shooting in the upscale shopping mall in South Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Police patrol outside of the Shops at Merrick Park after a shooting,Saturday, April 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

CORAL GABLES, Florida – A former gym employee opened fire inside the facility on Saturday, critically wounding a manager and another person before he killed himself, officials said.

The manager later died at a hospital after the shooting at the Equinox gym, a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

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 after reports of gunfire.

Miami-Dade police said the second victim was in critical condition at a hospital. Police have not released the names of the shooter and victims.

“It appears to be an ex-employee, managerial dispute that triggered this shooting,” Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said.

The mall is within a couple miles of the University of Miami campus. (AP)

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