Store owner shoots employee at Florida mall, then kills himself

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a store owner at a suburban Fort Lauderdale mall shot and wounded an employee before fatally shooting himself.

A Coral Springs police news release says officers responded Saturday morning to Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair at Coral Square Mall. Officers discovered 59-year-old Gus Kiriazis dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and 52-year-old Sabas Antonio Ferrer in critical condition after being shot several times.

A preliminary investigation determined that Kiriazis had shot his employee several times and then turned the gun on himself. The news release says Antonio was transported to a Pompano Beach hospital where he was listed in stable condition Saturday night.

Police didn’t immediately provide a motive for the shooting.

Much of the mall, which has 120 stores, reopened to holiday weekend shoppers about 90 minutes after the shooting.

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