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2 dead after man shoots woman, self at Jimmy John's in Cottage Grove

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COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (KMSP) -

Police confirm the armed man who chased a woman around a strip mall parking lot before gunning her down inside a sandwich shop has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Cottage Grove police swarmed the Jimmy John's sandwich shop on Thursday afternoon after receiving multiple reports of a shooting in the area.

Police say the first reports began coming in at 3:35 p.m. on Thursday at the Shoppes at Gateway North strip mall, located at 7750 Harness Avenue South, near Oakwood Park.

Callers reported that there was a man in the parking lot shooting and chasing a woman. When police arrived, they found the victim dead inside the Jimmy Johns, along with a man who appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The man was taken to Regions Hospital, where he later died.

Police have identified the man as 22-year-old Chevel Richard, and the victim as Tensia Richard. The gunman's father, Dale Richard, told the Star Tribune the couple had two sons, ages 3 and 5 months.

A manager at the Anytime Fitness said someone with a gun was outside the health club before the shooting two doors down. Neither the shooter nor the victim were in the club before the shooting.

"I turned and looked and saw a gun pointed at me -- and him, and a mean face behind it," witness Joseph Burns told FOX 9 News.

Surveillance video outside Anytime Fitness shows a woman confronted by a man with a gun. He fires a shot, but the bullet misses her and sends her running for her life. She ends up running into Jimmy John's, where several employees ran and hid in a freezer after hearing gunshots. They came out to find the couple both lying on the floor with gunshot wounds.

For Grant Tymesen, a regular day at work turned into one he'll never forget.

"It wasn't pretty. Blood all over," he recalled. "Girl first, looked like she was running for her life." 

Tymesen was behind the counter at Jimmy John's when the woman ran in, followed immediately by a man with a gun.

"She was running toward the phones and she got shot and went down right in front of the phones," Tymesen said. "Then, he shot her again."

Tymesen said he and Burns tried to call police while hiding in the freezer, but they couldn't get any cell phone reception. So, Tymesen grabbed a knife and went back to the front, but the violence was already over.

"I saw the shooter on the ground next to the victim. I went up and took the gun away from him because he was breathing and blinking," he recalled. "When I tried to put the gun on the garbage can, police were already there. They told me to put it down."

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