Two people dead, one injured in shooting at Melbourne Square Mall

Melbourne Square Mall closes for remainder of the day, police say

By Sean Lavin - Producer, Elizabeth Roman

MELBOURNE, Fla. - A shooting at Melbourne Square Mall left two people dead and one hurt from a gunshot wound, according to Melbourne police.

Police from all over Brevard County rushed to the mall after terrifying 911 calls came in around 9:30 am. Saturday.

But by the time police stormed the food court, police said gunman Jose Garcia Rodriguez (pictured, below) was already dead. His wife, Ida Rodriguez, was shot and survived, but a third person -- Leonardo Coppola -- who was also shot died.

Jose Garcia-Rodriguez.

"We have witnesses to the incident. What they actually saw is not being disclosed and is still part of the investigation," said Cmdr. Vince Pryce, of Melbourne police.

Police were proud of how every agency -- from mall security up to the FBI -- worked together to clear the scene. Officers quickly identified the threat and contained the situation. They then conducted a store-to-store search of the mall for additional suspects, injured, witnesses and conducted an evacuation, police said.

"Doesn't matter what color uniform or badge you wear, if you're (a law enforcement officer) you band together and going to try and stop the threat before the threat becomes worse," Pryce said.

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Police said the nearly 100 people inside the mall did the right thing to save themselves. No other mall employees or customers were reported hurt during the incident.

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"Some people that heard the shots locked themselves in closets. For the most part people were cooperating, followed directions," Pryce said.

Police said Melbourne Square Mall would be closed for the remainder of the day. Some of the restaurants that surround the mall reopened Saturday afternoon.

The shooting remains under investigation. If you are a witness or have any information that could help investigators in this case, please call the Melbourne Police Department at 321-608-6731or their tip line at 321-608-TIPS (8477).

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