Melbourne Square Mall shooting: 2 dead including gunman, wife hurt

By Jerry Hume, Greg Pallone, Lena Vargas and Bailey Myers, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Two people are dead and a woman is in "good" condition after a shooting Saturday morning at the Melbourne Square mall.

It happened around 9:30 a.m., in the mall's food court at 1700 W. New Haven Ave.

Police identified the suspected shooter as Jose Garcia-Rodriguez, 57, of Palm Bay. One of the victims is believed to be the shooter's wife, 33-year-old Idanerys Garcia-Rodriguez. She's listed in good condition. Police said the woman worked at the mall's food court.

The other victim who was killed is a male, but his identity hasn't been released.

Police said Jose shot Idanerys and the man before shooting himself. Investigators believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"This is a tragic event, and I am sending prayers to the family," Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan said.

The mall was closed for the remainder of the day, but it is expected to reopen Sunday.

"We started hearing 'pop, pop,'" said Elizabeth Tickle, who was inside the mall. "I figured somebody was shooting somebody. It's going on all the time now. (How many pop pops did you think you heard?) I think about six. It was a lot. It was a lot."

About 100 people were inside the mall at the time gunfire broke out, police said. Gunshots were still being heard when officers arrived to the scene.

The shooting is believed to be a domestic violence-related incident, investigators said.

Neighbors said Jose was a "good guy" and that he was close to his wife and two teenage daughters.

"It blows my mind," said Nick Csercse Jr., who lives next door to the family. "(Jose) was just a really good guy."

Another neighbor, Raymond Jacobs, said: "They gave my grandson ice cream. They used to sell ice cream. They were good people. This is just shocking."

Several agencies, including the FBI, were at the mall Saturday investigating the deadly shooting. Three firearms, all handguns, were found at the mall, police said.

Any witnesses are asked to call the Melbourne Police Department at (321) 608-6731.

Anyone who left their vehicle in the mall parking lot or left belongings inside the mall is asked to contact Melbourne Square mall security at (321) 952-0583.