He didn’t like that his ex-girlfriend was now dating someone else, police said, so he took a shotgun to her boutique.
The 40-year-old man walked into the Flying Pig Gift Boutique at 2600 E. Douglas shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday and ordered everyone out of the store except his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, Capt. Brent Allred said Friday.
There were seven people in the store at the time, and all but one of them ran out the back — including the 31-year-old owner and ex-girlfriend, Allred said. The 46-year-old boyfriend heard the commotion and walked toward the front of the store, where he was shot in the lower leg and groin.
The victim ran out of the shop in an attempt to escape, Allred said, and walked west of the business.
When he heard more shots, he thought his girlfriend was still inside and in danger, so he broke out a window on the west side of the store “to create a distraction,” Allred said.
He then re-entered the store, where he found the suspect lying on the floor with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Both men were taken to Wesley Medical Center, where the shooter remains in critical condition but is expected to survive, Allred said.
The victim has improved enough in his recovery that he is likely to be released Saturday, Allred said.
The confrontation Thursday was the culmination of an ongoing harassment case, he said.
“We do know there have been some prior threats in December,” Allred said.
The victim filed a police report earlier this week over numerous calls he had received from the suspect, Allred said, but officers hadn’t yet had time to follow up on the case. There were no restraining orders or protection-from-abuse orders filed against the suspect at the time of the shooting.
Those orders are steps victims of abuse or harassment can take to receive some protection, Allred said.