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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
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Gunman injures nurses, kills self in Daytona hospital room


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DAYTONA BEACH – A 20-year-old man threatened patients and nurse with a gun before killing himself at a hospital Sunday, police said.

Daytona Beach Police Department officers responded to Halifax Hospital at 3:52 a.m. after receiving a report of shots fired.

According to investigators, Jonathan Rodriguez-Jeff of Deltona shot a glass door entrance at the hospital’s Professional Building. He then went to the second floor of the hospital and confronted a nurse and patient inside a room.

“Do you want to die tonight?” police said the suspect asked them.

At some point in the ordeal, two nurses were hit with the butt of Rodriguez-Jeff’s shotgun, investigators said.

Rodriguez-Jeff left and went into a second room, confronting another nurse and patient. Shortly thereafter, he committed suicide inside the room by shooting himself in the head, police said.

No patients were hurt. Two nurses suffered minor injuries from being hit with the shotgun.

The hospital’s emergency room and other entrances were placed on lockdown during the shooting.

Police said an unknown number of vehicles were struck by the shotgun blast inside the parking lot of the hospital.

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