1 dead, 2 injured in shooting at Village of Merrick Park

A gunman reportedly shot multiple people at Merrick Park in Coral Gables around 1 PM Sunday afternoon.

Coral Gables Police Chief Edward J. Hudak told Local 10 News the incident stemmed from a managerial dispute that prompted the former gym employee to target two others who also worked at the fitness center.

One person is dead, and two others are injured after a shooting inside the Equinox Gym at the Village of Merrick Park Saturday.

A Coral Gables Police Spokesperson said the scene was secured by 1:45 p.m and officers are now investigating the incident. Another person was pronounced dead at the scene.

More than a dozen police cars were seen outside the Shops at Merrick Park, an upscale shopping mall not far from the University of Miami.

"The scene is secure and no one is in danger at this time", Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told the news station.

The mall appears to have been evacuated; patrons were gathered outside.

The shooting reportedly centered around the Equinox gym in the mall.

"So that's exactly what we did", said Tim Hartog, the restaurant's general manager.

About an hour after the shooting, a few people wearing workout attire stood outside the gym.

"We had everyone underneath tables and got everyone to the back", he said.

"They said run, and I ran", said the woman, who declined to identify herself to an AP reporter. There was no immediate word on when mall activities would return to normal.

  • Jon Douglas