- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a woman who died after being shot at an Avondale store where she worked and say the suspected shooter remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Avondale police say 26-year-old Melissa Mendez was an employee of the Best Buy store and had a history of domestic violence with 27-year-old Henry Cota Jr.

They say Monday’s shooting began with a confrontation outside the store where Cota allegedly fired several shots at Mendez.

Police say she ran inside the store and shooter followed her and fired more shots.

Phoenix TV station KTVK reported that a man walked into the store and shot a female cashier for an unknown reason and then turned the gun on himself outside.

However, police won’t say yet if Cota’s gunshot wound is self-inflicted.


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