Abeku Wilson, 33, decided to exact revenge on his managers at an Equinox gym in Miami after he had been let go from his job.
Wilson returned and opened fire and fatally shot Janine Ackerman, 35, the general manager; and Marios Hortis, 42, the gym’s fitness manager. He definitely targeted those two. Then Wilson turned the gun on himself.
Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene, but the two managers were struggling with terrible wounds and died in the hospital.
According to a police press release, Wilson “was terminated from his employment on Saturday, April 8, 2017, due to work place violence and was escorted off the premises.”
The Miami Herald has more:
Miami-Dade police said “both victims were targeted” and that “this was not an act of random violence.”
Wilson “turned the gun on himself” after shooting the two. Wilson died on the scene; Ackerman and Hortis were rushed to the hospital in critical condition and later died. Ackerman’s death came shortly after the shooting Saturday; Equinox first revealed the death of Hortis in an email to members Sunday morning. A police spokesman confirmed Hortis’s death Sunday afternoon.
The police news release does not offer details about Wilson’s dismissal or when the alleged violence behind it occurred. Wilson was at work Saturday morning, and finished up with a client about an hour before the shooting, according to interviews. Eveliny Bastos-Klein, the client who finished up an hour session with Wilson at noon., said she made an appointment to see him again on Wednesday. “I didn’t notice anything amiss,” she said Saturday.
Police said the shooting happened at 12:55 p.m.
Wilson “was terminated from his employment on Saturday, April 8, 2017, due to work place violence and was escorted off the premises,” the release said. “He then returned to the fitness center armed with a hand gun and shot the general manager, Janine Ackerman, multiple times. He also shot Marios Hortis, employee, multiple times, and then turned the gun on himself.”