Gunman killed Maria Cruz de la Cruz in murder-suicide: Cops

A gunman fatally shot Maria Cruz de la Cruz and injured a man, authorities said. (Screenshot: WTVJ)

Police in Miami, Florida, say a gunman fatally shot a local school teacher and badly injured a man before turning the gun on himself.

They did not name the suspect or the survivor, but the slain woman is Maria Cruz de la Cruz, 51. She taught algebra, geometry, and Spanish at Doral Academy K – 8 charter school.

Cruz and the wounded man were in critical condition, but she died at Jackson Medical Center.

“This past Friday at approximately 4:20 p.m., Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) responded to reports of a shooting at the 9900 block SW 165 Terrace,” Miami-Dade police Detective Angel Rodriguez told Law&Crime in a statement. “Upon arrival, they discovered an adult male with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. They also discovered another adult male and an adult female, both having sustained gunshot wound(s).  Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded, determined the adult male with the self-inflicted gunshot wound was deceased, and transported the other two injured to Jackson South Medical Center in critical condition. Despite medical efforts, the female victim succumbed to her injuries a short time later.  There was another adult female on the scene who was not injured, and the firearm was recovered.”

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