A tragic incident at a restaurant on Coral Way ended with two women being shot leaving one dead, one airlifted to the hospital and the shooter dead after turning the gun on himself.
Miami-Dade police responded to the scene of the shooting, the Latin Cafeteria Restaurant at 7360 SW 24th St., at about 12:15 p.m. to find 39-year-old Madlin Guardado dead and Yenat Guardado, 38, so badly injured she was airlifted to the trauma center at Kendall Regional Medical Center.
Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Robin Pinkard said the unidentified gunman walked into the restaurant and shot the two victims before driving off in a green Jeep Cherokee.
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Police later located the vehicle and found the shooter inside the truck, at SW 40 Street and 112th Avenue, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken to Kendall Regional where he died. The motive for the shooting remains unclear as police continue their investigation
“We do have a lot of witnesses on the scene, but they [police] still want to talk to the victim in the hospital,” Pinkard said.
Family members of one of the victims were inconsolable after the incident. Osmani Hernandez initially walked up to the scene and said he was trying to contact his wife but couldn’t. As he walked through the police crime tape, Hernandez got a phone call saying that she had been shot. He rushed toward the restaurant and had to be restrained by police officers.
The area of the shopping center around the restaurant remained blocked off into the late afternoon.
Miami Herald photographer Pedro Portal contributed to this story.
A previous version of this story had the incorrect address and restaurant.