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Man with gun confronts nurses at Halifax Hospital Sunday, then shoots himself

Daytona Beach Police car in file photo.
Daytona Beach Police car in file photo.
Mike Royer.

Two nurses were struck by a man with the butt of a shotgun at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach early Sunday morning, before the man turned the gun on himself. Daytona Beach Police say they received reports shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday that shots were being fired at northbound vehicles on Clyde Morris Boulevard in the area west of the hospital. As units were responding, police say reports also came in that shots had been fired inside the hospital, as the suspect had “…shot the glass door entrance to the Professional Building [at the hospital].”

The suspect then went to the second floor of the hospital where he threatened a nurse and a patient in a room, asking them if they wanted to die, according to a report on the Daytona Beach Police website. Police say two nurses were also “…struck with the butt of the suspect’s shotgun.” The suspect then left the room and went to another room occupied by a nurse and a patient, and shot himself in the head in that room. Police say no patients were injured, and the nurses suffered “…minor injuries after being hit with the shotgun.” The hospital Emergency Room and other entrances were locked-down during the incident, according to police.

The driver of a car that was shot at on Clyde Morris Boulevard, Terry Maxton of Palm Coast, was also not injured. However, police say the shotgun blast hit the metal frame of his vehicle near the passenger side front windshield. Daytona Beach Police say they also found cars that had been struck “…by shotgun blast…” in the hospital parking lot.

As of mid-morning Sunday, a police press release said no other details were available yet and the deceased gunman’s identity was not yet released, but he was said to be “…possibly a Hispanic black male.”

Late Sunday morning, Daytona Beach Police identified the deceased gunman as 20-year old Jonathan G. Rodriguez-Jeff of Deltona.

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