A West Kendall woman was shot to death by her estranged husband who then tried to take his own life, according to police.
Co-workers of the woman identified her as 45-year old Alina Lomonte Carrera, a mother of two.
Lomonte, who had just gotten off work, pulled into the parking lot of her apartment building at Southwest 75th Street and 152nd Avenue around 4 a.m. and found her husband, who she had recently separated from, was waiting for her.
“There was a dispute in the parking lot and that’s when he was able to produce his firearm and obviously shoot her,” said Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta.
The man was identified by Miami-Dade police as Manuel Macias Rodriguez.
One of Lomonte’s neighbors, Jorge Cruz, said he was awakened by the couple’s loud argument. He said walked out onto his balcony and watched them argue for a few moments, then went back inside.
Cruz said he then heard three gunshots.
When he went back out on the balcony, he saw the couple lying on the ground. He then watched as the husband lifted his arm from the pavement with gun in hand, and shot himself in the head. Cruz called 911
Lomonte’s husband was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center and rushed into surgery in critical condition.
Coworkers at the Presidente Supermarket where he works security said he isn’t known to be a violent person. They knew something was wrong, however, when Manuel Lomonte didn’t show up for work Thursday morning.
Cruz said one of the couple’s sons said his father had recently learned his wife had a boyfriend.
The couple’s two children were in the apartment they share with their mother at the time of the shooting, but didn’t witness it.
“It’s a sad situation because you have two boys that are left behind without mom and for them to find out like this, it’s tragic, it’s heartbreaking,” Zabaleta said.