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Man shoots girlfriend, self in West Miami-Dade

Police vehicles surround the scene of a shooting at Salonz Beauty Suites at West Flagler Street and 84th Ave.
Police vehicles surround the scene of a shooting at Salonz Beauty Suites at West Flagler Street and 84th Ave.

A man was killed and a woman was in critical condition Saturday night after the man shot the woman, a beautician who was believed to be his girlfriend, in a West Miami-Dade beauty salon and then turned the gun on himself, police said.

No one else was hurt in the shooting, though there were customers and other beauticians working in the salon when it occurred, said Detective Romelio Angel Martinez of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Police did not identify the man or the woman, who works as a hairdresser at Salonz Beauty Suites in the Flagler Park Plaza on West Flagler Street and Southwest 82nd Avenue.

Martinez said the man was about 35 and the woman is slightly older than 50, and that they had a romantic relationship.

“They were boyfriend and girlfriend,’’ he said. The woman was being treated at Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Martinez declined to say how many times the woman was shot, or where on her body she was wounded. And he declined to describe where the man shot himself, but confirmed that he had died at the scene.

Jose Angulo, a hairdresser who rents the salon station across from the woman who was shot, said her name is Nina, and that she is originally from Panama. He declined to give her last name, but said Nina had worked at Salonz about eight years.

“She’s a very hard worker,’’ said Angulo, who added that he witnessed the shooting but refused to describe what he saw to a reporter.

Several people gathered at the scene also confirmed that the victim’s name is Nina. “She comes in every morning for her coffee. We call her Nina café con leche,” said a woman who gave her name as Mary and said she works at the Tropicana Restaurant next door to Salonz.

A woman who declined to give her name but described herself as a longtime customer of Nina’s said she showed up for an appointment with the hairdresser only to learn of the shooting.

The woman said Nina had a romantic relationship of about six or seven years with a man named Serguey Linares, and that he was a former baseball player from Cuba “in his 20s or 30s” who injured his leg and could not continue playing.

She said Nina and Sergei had a relationship “but they were separated.”

Martinez said he did not know if the couple had argued before the shooting.

“There was information provided to the officers by some of the witnesses that prior to going inside, he may have vandalized her vehicle,” Martinez said. “But that aspect of it is still under investigation.”

One witness, Luisa Ibañez, said the shooter arrived in a black Nissan Altima, and that he was alone and that he broke the window on a station wagon or van.

“We saw people running and screaming when he broke the windows of his girlfriend’s car,” Ibañez said. “He left and came back in minutes and went inside the salon.”

Ibañez said that she was inside an H&R Block office next door to Salonz at the time and that she heard five shots fired. She said a group of people, including a child, ran out of the salon screaming.

“The women who worked in there were screaming, ‘He shot Nina! He’s crazy!’’’ Ibañez said.

Martinez said the couple had no history of domestic violence, but added: “This investigation is still in its infancy stages, so that information, if that is the case, will be available at a later time.”

Miami-Dade police received a call of a shooting with victims at 4:45 p.m., Martinez said, and they arrived to find the crime scene in the lobby. He added that the hairdresser may have been with a client when the shooting occurred.

“I don’t know if she was working with a client at the time she was shot,” Martinez said, “but she was taking care of a client at some point before the altercation.”

A previous version of this story misspelled Serguey Linares’ name.