Gunman found dead after 2 women shot, 1 fatally, in Ocoee, police say
Pierre Bernard found dead after double shooting on Grand Poplar Street
OCOEE, Fla. – A pregnant woman was shot and her mother was killed Monday morning at a home in Ocoee, and officials said the gunman later shot and killed himself in Polk County.
The double shooting was reported on Grand Poplar Street at 7:30 a.m., southeast of Clarcona Ocoee and North Clarke roads.
A family member identified the victims as Marie Alexandre, 52, who was shot and killed, and her daughter, Marie Pierre, 22, who is three months pregnant.
In a nearly seven-minute 911 call after she had been shot, Pierre repeatedly told dispatch her boyfriend had shot and killed her mother. She also said her younger sister was home at the time of the shooting. "Mommy, I’m so sorry," Pierre could be heard saying in the call.
"My boyfriend came in and shot me and my mom. He shot me and my mom. My mom is dead."
Pierre was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound. Marie Alexandre's husband, Weikel Alexandre, said Pierre was treated and released and said she and her unborn baby are doing okay.
Ocoee police said they were searching for Pierre Bernard, the 23-year-old boyfriend of Pierre, after the shooting. He was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Haines City home, officials said.
Pierre gave police Bernard's address and vehicle description in the 911 call.
Weikel Alexandre said his wife was a working mother who loved her children, her family and was active in her church. Hours after Marie Alexandre's death, the widower was just beginning to process the loss.
"I cannot even begin to tell you how I’m feeling right now," Weikel Alexandre said.
After waking up to gunshots, neighbors and witnesses said they saw the crime scene van and detectives on Grand Popular Street. Investigators were still walking the scene Monday afternoon, piecing together what happened.
"As I was coming out the front door, I heard screaming down in this direction," said neighbor Mike Crafton.
Investigators said they're still working to find a motive. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Ocoee police.
"Obviously, we’re taking this very seriously," Ocoee police Lt. Steve McCosker said. "We want the investigation to be complete."
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