There was a brutal scene in front a Westchester strip mall Party City last night. A man gunned down his estranged wife in the busy parking lot while the couple's 15-year-old daughter looked on. He then turned the gun on himself in an apparent suicide attack.
Police have identified the victim as 43-year-old Lourdes Martinez-Rodriguez. She worked at the Dollar House, though, according to CBS Miami, she most often worked at a different location.
She had agreed to meet her estranged husband in the parking lot to exchange property, but the two began arguing. The man then took out a gun and shot Martinez-Rodriguez before turning the gun on himself.
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The couple's young daughter then ran into the Party City to ask for help. Witnesses tell NBC Miami that the girl ran into the store crying, "My dad just shot my mom."
The man's identity has still not been released, but he survived the suicide attempt. He was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital in critical condition.