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Three Dead, Three Injured in Connected Shootings in Florida

by Tim Stelloh /  / Updated 

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Three people were killed and three others were injured in a series of shootings Sunday in Cape Coral, Florida, that police said are connected.

Cape Coral police Detective Sgt. Dana Coston said at a news conference that a single gunman appeared to be responsible. The gunman, who wasn't identified, was killed during a confrontation with police, he said.

Police initially responded to a report of a motorcyclist who had been shot shortly before 6 p.m. ET, Coston said.

An unidentified witness described the chilling scene to NBC station WBBH of Fort Myers: A vehicle cut her off in a turning lane, and just as she was about to honk, she saw someone in the car point a gun at a nearby motorcyclist.

"No questions asked," the witness said. "He [looked] at him and shot him and took off."

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, Coston said.

Forty-five minutes later, there was another report of gunfire 4 miles south, at a Circle K gas station, Coston said. One person in the store was shot and killed; another was injured, Coston said.

Four minutes later and about a mile away, officers stopped the suspected gunman's car.

"The suspect was still armed and violently resisting officers," Coston said. "Our officers engaged him, killing the suspect."

Two passengers in the suspect's car were wounded, Coston added, although he wouldn't provide details of their injuries.

Coston said it was unclear whether the shootings were planned.

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