Recently Fired Florida Man Shoots Gun At Gym
A popular personal trainer who apparently had been fired from his job earlier in the day fatally shot one of his former co-workers and critically wounded another at the Equinox fitness center in Coral Gables on Saturday afternoon before killing himself.
Those who knew the bulky, six-foot-two Abeku Wilson described him as a friendly, positive, well-balanced man who often acted more reserved around strangers. But something went horribly wrong Saturday afternoon at the Equinox gym where he worked in luxury Merrick Park shopping center.
Eveliny Bastos-Klein had a training session with Wilson shortly before the shooting took place at 12:55 p.m. The Miami public-relations executive said nothing gave her pause during an hourlong session that ended around noon.
The 12:55 p.m. shooting shut down the upscale Shops at Merrick Park mall and scattered scores of scared shoppers and Equinox members onto the surrounding streets, many of them clad in exercise clothes and holding nothing but their workout towels.
Wilson shot Janine Ackerman, 35, the gym’s general manager, and Marios Hortis, 42, a fitness manager, witnesses said. One person who declined to be identified said Ackerman did not appear to be moving after being shot in the head. Hortis was conscious and asking for help but bleeding heavily, the witness said.
A rescue helicopter landed at Coral Gables Senior High School, across the street from the mall, and took the victims to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where Ackerman later died, a police source told the Miami Herald. A few of her friends and family gathered at the hospital Saturday evening but declined to speak to reporters.
Ackerman, who was originally from New Jersey, lived in Coconut Grove, public records show. Hortis graduated from St. Johns University in Minnesota, according to his LinkedIn profile, and appeared on a Miami Beach modeling website as Mario Hortis.