One person dead after shooting near mall in South Florida

Posted April 09, 2017

Their identities are believed to the the gym's general manager Jeanine Ackerman and a personal trainer named Mario.

Another shopper said: "I heard people say there was a shooting, there was a rifle".

Witnesses said one of the victims appeared to be unconscious while another was alert and talking.

Benedicte, the woman at the gym, described the shooter as a tall, muscular African-American man.

"Initially we thought it was an active shooter. but there was a Coral Gables police officer at the mall at the time who was able to quickly determine it was a targeted shooting", Zabaleta said.

Coral Gables police raced to the scene, closing down activity outside the shopping center and putting close-by organizations on lockdown.

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After the gunshots, people fled from the fitness center, running into nearby shops and restaurants.

"They said run, and I ran", said the woman, who declined to identify herself to an reporter from the Associated Press. Witnesses at the Villagio Restaurant and the Yard House also reported hearing the gun shots. By 1:40 pm, police reported the area was safe and secured.

About 100 people were lunching on Yard House's outdoor patio when the shooting began.

The Miami-Dade Police Department could not be reached for comment. One person said she was waiting to see if she would be allowed back inside to retrieve her belongings. LeJeune Road, south of Bird Road, is closed.

The shooting happened inside the Equinox Fitness Club.