HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — A gunman shot and killed four women at a South Florida restaurant and wounded three others before killing himself, police said Monday.
The shooting Sunday night began in a parking lot outside the Yoyito Restaurant in Hialeah, where the man was seen arguing with a woman, Hialeah police Detective Eddie Rodriguez said.
"It was some sort of domestic dispute," he said.
The man shot the woman, then walked into the restaurant north of Miami and started randomly firing at the people inside, Rodriguez said. Afterward, he got into a vehicle and drove away.
Police identified the shooter as 38-year-old Gerardo Regalado.
One employee called her brother after the shooting, saying she had been shot and was bleeding.
"Please call 911," Felix Fuentes said his sister, Ivette Coronado, told him. He said the 32-year-old woman was recovering Monday after undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds to her chest and one of her arms.
Police found the gunman a short time later in the vehicle parked a few blocks from the restaurant. He was found dead of an apparent suicide, Rodriguez said.
The woman in the parking lot and two people in the restaurant were taken to a hospital, Rodriguez said. The other four victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
All the victims were women, and it's not clear if any were customers or employees at the restaurant, Rodriguez said. The shooting began at 10:15 p.m., shortly after the restaurant had closed. It also was not clear if the gunman had ties to the restaurant.
Regular customers gathered in shock outside the restaurant early Monday.
"They are good people," said Valentin Perez, 52, who visits the restaurant for his Cuban coffee every morning.
Octavio Guzman, another customer, said the restaurant workers are always generous with those who can't afford a meal.
"You tell anyone here, 'I'm hungry and I don't have money,' and they give it to you," Guzman said.