Thursday, January 9, 2014

Man kills himself after shooting rampage at Florida hospital

Shooter reportedly fired at several cars, attacked nurses

By David Breen
Source: Orlando Sentinel
Created: January 7, 2014

A man shot himself to death at a Daytona Beach hospital early Sunday after firing at several cars and attacking a pair of nurses.

The shooting happened at about 4 a.m. at Halifax Health Medical Center, which is located on Clyde Morris Boulevard not far from Daytona International Speedway.

The shooter was identified as Jonathan G. Rodriguez-Jeff, 20. His last known address was in Deltona, according to Daytona Beach police.

Police were alerted to a man firing a shotgun at a vehicle on Clyde Morris, then to shots fired at the hospital.

According to police, Rodriguez-Jeff crashed his vehicle through the hospital's west gate, and fired at several vehicles in the hospital parking lot. No one was injured outside the hospital.

He then shot out the glass doors at the hospital entrance went to a second floor room where he confronted a nurse and a patient, reportedly asking them "do you guys want to die tonight?"

He then went to another room, confronting another patient and nurse, then shot himself in the head in that room.

During his rampage Rodriguez-Jeff also struck two nurses with the butt of the shotgun, according to police spokesman Jimmie Flynt. The nurses were treated for minor injuries and released.

Flynt said Daytona police had never previously had contact with the shooter.

"We may never know why he did this," Flynt said.

The 678-bed hospital was locked down for about 20 minutes during the incident, but has since reopened.

There is no known connection between Rodriguez-Jeff and the hospital, patients or staff, according to Halifax spokeswoman Tangela Boyd.

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