2 women shot, killed at Florida hospital; suspect in custody

Two women were fatally shot early Sunday at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida, in an apparent random shooting, the Titusville Police Department said.

David Owens, 29, used a handgun to shoot Cynthia Zingsheim, an 88-year-old patient, and a hospital worker around 2 a.m. in a room on the hospital's third floor, Titusville Police Chief John Lau said.
Owens entered the hospital through the emergency room, the Associated Press reported.
The worker, 36-year-old Carrie Rouzer, was sitting in the patient's room when she was shot.

Lau said the hospital's unarmed security guards tackled the Owens and pinned him down until police officers arrived.
"It was a phenomenal team effort during this tragic time," Lau said. "The training with the Parrish medical staff no doubt saved more lives."

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey called the shooting random because it doesn't appear the gunman knew either of his victims.

Owens' motive isn't known, but he acted alone, Lau said.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

Owens has been charged with two counts of murder. He is being held without bail at the Brevard County Jail.

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