A 37-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting an Orange County mother and critically injuring her young daughter Sunday shot himself in a Big Lots Monday night while fleeing deputies, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was taken to a local hospital in critical condition around 8 p.m., said OCSO spokesperson Alex Villarreal.
According to OCSO, deputies were trying to speak with the man Monday in connection with the shootings of 37-year-old Capucine Carson and her three-year-old daughter late Sunday. Just before 8 p.m., the man ran away from deputies and into a nearby Big Lots at 751 Good Homes Road in Orlando, just east of Ocoee, where he shot himself, Villarreal said.
No additional information on the incident was available Monday night. The man is the sole suspect in the case, Villarreal said, but the agency has not said how the suspect knew Carson and her daughter.
The mother and daughter had just returned to the Orlando area Sunday night after visiting family in Mobile, Ala., Carson’s sister said, when the two were shot.
Nesha Carson said she was on the phone late Sunday with her sister when she heard arguing between Capucine Carson and her partner. Nesha Carson said her sister had decided to stay in a hotel that night, instead of the couple’s apartment.
She soon heard gunshots over the phone line, Nesha Carson said.
Both her sister and niece were shot.
OCSO on Monday morning said Capucine Carson died at the apartment complex on Wellesley Lake Drive just before midnight Sunday. Her daughter, who Nesha Carson said is named Kimbella, was taken to a hospital where she remains critically injured.
“It’s a lot,” Nesha Carson said. “It’s really hard.”
She said she’s trying keep her focus on her niece right now.
“That’s my main concern,” Nesha Carson said. “I just hope she’ll be OK.”
Nesha Carson, who lives in Mobile, said she just saw her sister and niece over the weekend, when they went to the beach, barbecued and spent time with family. She said she’s still in shock that her sister is gone.
She said Capucine Carson had moved to the Orlando area in the last few years from Alabama, but remained really close with her family. Nesha Carson described her sister as a “cool, laid back” person, and said she had been working at Target.