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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Florida Mother MARIE MOORE shoots her Son at a shooting range

Florida Police seek VIDEO in MARIE MOORE MITCHELL MOORE Shooting range shooting

CASSELBERRY, Fla. — A Florida woman fatally shot her son and then turned the gun on herself at a central Florida gun range, authorities said.

Marie Moore, 44, of Altamonte Springs and her 20-year-old son, Mitchell, were sharing a firing lane at the Shoot Straight range Sunday, Casselberry police said. Shooters in an adjacent lane said the mother and son seemed to be getting along fine. A security video shows Moore walk up behind her son, point a revolver at the back of his head and fire a single shot, police said. She then put the gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger.

The son died at the scene, and the mother died later at the hospital. Family members told police that Moore had a history of mental illness.

The gun was rented from the shooting range.

Marie Moore and her son, Mitchell, were taking target practice at a popular shooting range Sunday when, without warning, she shot him in the head and then turned the gun on herself.

Mitchell Moore, 20, died at the scene. Marie, 44, died a short time later at Florida Hospital Altamonte. There was no argument or any other sign of a problem, said Casselberry police Lt. Dennis Stewart. Witnesses said Moore, of Altamonte Springs, just pointed the gun at Mitchell and shot him at the range, Shoot Straight on U.S. Highway 17-92. "Nobody knows why," Stewart said. "There was no argument or anything before."

Mitchell Moore also lived in Altamonte Springs but at a different address than his mother. Marie Moore had a history of mental illness, Stewart said, but he had no details. The shooting happened about 4:20 p.m., said Casselberry fire Chief Don Harkins.

Officials were still at the scene at 10 p.m. So was a crew from the company that operates the range's video surveillance system. Police called them, asking for video of what happened. A crew of Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime-scene technicians also was there late Sunday, carrying out bags of evidence.

Other customers at the range, once they saw what was happening, "went running like crazy," Stewart said.

Rumour has it, a copy of the VIDEO OF THE MARIE MOORE SHOOTING has made it on YOUTUBE and is circulating the internet.

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