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Fired employee suspected in killing of boss, co-worker

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- A man suspected of killing his boss and a co-worker after losing his job was being sought Tuesday by authorities who feared he had his young daughter with him.

Mario Betancourt, 43, allegedly went to his van Monday afternoon, grabbed an automatic handgun and walked back into The Padding Store where he opened fire, police spokesman Chuck Johnson said.The gunman yelled, "You won't make my day miserable now!" as he fled, said Andy Martin, manager of Scott's Tire next door.

Killed were shop owner Richard Mashler, 49, and employee Kenneth Conklin, 39. Mashler's wife, Carrie, told police that Betancourt was suspected of stealing from the shop.

Richard Mashler, a father of two, died a few feet from the store's front entrance. Conklin was shot in the back as he tried to flee through a rear exit.