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2 dead in shooting at Rancho Mirage medical office building

A shooting in a medical office building in Rancho Mirage left two people dead Friday morning, authorities said.
A shooting in a medical office building in Rancho Mirage left two people dead Friday morning, authorities said.
(Los Angeles Times)

Two people were killed in what authorities described as “an isolated shooting” at a Rancho Mirage medical office complex Friday morning.

The shooting was reported at 9:34 a.m. in the 71500 block of Highway 111, Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Robyn Flores said.

“There are no outstanding suspects, and there’s no threat to the community,” Flores said.

Authorities said the shooting was “more of an isolated incident” rather than an active shooter situation. However, Flores said she didn’t yet know specifics about the victims or what prompted the deadly encounter.

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It was not immediately clear whether the shooting involved a murder-suicide, Flores said.

Ron Costi, a State Farm Insurance agent whose office is next door to the medical building, said two people ran to his office about 9:30 a.m., screaming that there had been a shooting.

Costi called 911 and said police arrived within minutes.

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Law enforcement has remained on the scene for the last few hours, he said, but has not provided Costi or two other employees in his office with details.

The insurance agent’s office has been in the area for 40 years, and Costi said he’s never experienced anything like this in the suburban neighborhood.

“It was a big whirlwind,” he said.

Nearby, a woman who worked for the answering service of a doctor’s office said the building had been evacuated because of an emergency and wouldn’t reopen until Monday. Several other businesses in the plaza did not answer their phones.


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