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Daytona Beach police: Deltona man blasts way into Halifax hospital, shoots himself
First, he asks nurse, patient, 'Do you want to die tonight?'
By Pat Andrews
posted Jan 6, 2014 - 11:40:43am
A Deltona man, Jonathan G. Rodriguez, 20, is dead after shooting up vehicles, crashing through a security gate at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, blasting his way into the hospital, injuring nurses, and then killing himself, Daytona Beach police reported.
The series of events began at 3:52 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, when shots fired at a moving car traveling on Clyde Morris Boulevard, near the hospital, were reported.
"Shortly thereafter, another call was received about shots being fired inside of Halifax Hospital," Daytona Beach police spokesman Jimmie Flynt reported.
Police found that a man later identified as Rodriguez blasted out the glass-door entrance to the Professional Building at the hospital with a shotgun, then made his way to the second floor, where he confronted a nurse and patient inside a room.
Rodriguez asked them, "Do you guys want to die tonight?" police reported.
He then entered a second room and confronted another nurse and patient.
"At some point, two nurses were struck with the butt of the suspect's shotgun," Flynt reported.
After entering the second room, Rodriguez committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, police said.
What may have triggered the events has not been reported. Police said cars in the hospital's parking lot were found damaged by shotgun blasts as well.
The driver of the car in the initial call, Terry Maxton of Palm Coast, was not injured. The shotgun blast struck the passenger-side door frame of the car he was driving.
Entrances to the hospital, including its emergency room, were placed under lockdown during the events.
Police continue to investigate.
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