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Published On: Mon, Jul 18th, 2016

Florida shooting: David Owens identified as shooter, Cynthia Zingsheim and Carrie Rouzer dead

The Titusville Police Department identified the gunman and the two women he fatally shot early Sunday at Florida hospital. Investigators claim David Owens entered the facility shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday to fatally shoot Cynthia Zingsheim and Carrie Rouzer.

“The preliminary investigation reveals that the lone suspect entered through the emergency room area,” Titusville Police Chief John Lau said to the press. “He made his way to a room on the third floor, where he shot an elderly female patient in her room and a hospital employee, who was also in the room.”

Officials said Owens abandoned the handgun in the hospital room and the hospital’s unarmed security guards tackled Owens and held him down for police officers.

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“Investigators have not been able to determine a motive at this time, nor any connection to the victims,” Lau said. “They are continuing to investigate this tragic incident.”

“Parrish Medical Center did have a plan,” Lau added, referring to the facility’s active shooter policy. “And there’s no doubt that their action saved lives. It could happen anywhere and there’s no city large enough or small enough. … What we’re urging is for citizens that see something to say something,” he said.

Court records indicate Owens had a criminal history and was involuntarily committed at least twice.

Owens, 29, of Titusville, ha been booked into the Brevard County Jail and will face two counts of murder.

Zingsheim, 88, was a patient at the hospital while Rouzer, 36, of Titusville, worked as a nurse in the facility.

“We are indebted to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department,” Lau said.

The hospital is operating “business as usual,” Lau said. “They’re heavy-hearted right now. They lost a member of their team.”

Owens was found guilty of battery on a police officer in 2011 and a judge in 2012 twice ordered him to undergo a mental health examination, court records show. Records also show that other arrests for cocaine and marijuana possession and domestic battery were dismissed.

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