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4 dead in central Fla. beauty salon shooting

October 18th, 2012 2:28 pm by KYLE HIGHTOWER and SUZETTE LABOY

4 dead in central Fla. beauty salon shooting

CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire in a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding a fourth before leaving the business and killing himself at a nearby home, police said.

The gunman entered Las Dominicanas M & M Salon in Casselberry shortly after 11 a.m., police spokeswoman Sara Brady said. Two women escaped the salon.

Police have not identified the victims or the gunman. Brady said the shooting appears to be part of a domestic dispute.

The phone rang unanswered at the salon. A video posted on the salon's website has a woman explaining in Spanish the services offered at the salon for men and women.

Brady said the wounded woman was being treated at an Orlando hospital. Her condition was not immediately released.

After the shooting, the gunman went to a friend's home in nearby Winter Park, about seven miles from the salon, and shot himself, said Seminole County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Heather Smith. He did not threaten his friends, but said "he had some problems, problems he could not remedy."

A witness to the salon shooting told the Orlando Sentinel (http://thesent.nl/WsxRBn) he heard gunshots before seeing the gunman flee.

"We saw the guy with the gun in his hand ... coming this way ... on foot with the gun in his hand," said Juan Diaz, who was at a nearby store at the time of the shooting. He said he went into the salon once the gunman left and saw "a bunch of dead bodies."

Casselberry is about 15 miles northeast of Orlando.

A year ago in Southern California, an angry ex-husband donned a bulletproof vest before killing his ex-wife and six of her fellow stylists and patrons at a hair salon, police said. Scott Dekraai is also accused of killing a man in the parking lot. He is awaiting trial on murder charges.

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Laboy reported from Miami.

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