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Daughter says Target shooter had terminal cancer

Posted May 31, 2010

— The suspect in a fatal shooting in the Super Target in Apex on Sunday was terminally ill with prostate cancer, his daughter told WRAL News on Monday.

Police said Mervin Carroll Mims, 67, shot and killed his former girlfriend, Guadalupe F. Rosas, 59, of Apex, before killing himself in the store Sunday morning.

Mims' daughter, Angie Daugherty, said in a telephone interview from her Florida home that her father had been living in North Carolina for awhile. He was originally from Florida. Though Mims and Rosas had broken up in 2005, they still saw each other from time to time, Daughtery said.

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Police responded to reports of an active shooter at the store, at 1201 Beaver Creek Commons Drive, around 11:35 a.m., Apex police Capt. Ann Stephens said.

They found Rosas, a cashier at Target, dead in the front of the store.

Witness Justin Ley said he was in the checkout line at the store when he heard a gunshot. He said Rosas fell on the ground beside him and he locked eyes with her gunman.

Ley said the shooter pointed a handgun at him and ordered everyone to get out of the store. Four people were hurt in the mad dash to leave the store.

When police arrived there were still 150 people in the store hiding and Mims was still inside. Stephens said officers challenged Mims to put down the handgun, but he shot and killed himself.

Jeani Richter, who was shopping with her three-year-old daughter when everyone started to flee Sunday, returned to the Target Monday.

“I felt like it was something I needed to do just for my own, I don't know, comfort," she explained.

Other shoppers expressed shock and sadness over the shooting.

“Shock, absolute shock, it’s the kind of thing you don't expect here,” Jim Horner said while shopping at the Target Monday.

Rosas had been working at Target for about two years and is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren.

Mims was living in his Toyota truck at the time of the shooting, Stephens said. Authorities searched his vehicle on Sunday.

The store was evacuated and nearby businesses were put on lock-down directly following the shooting.

Anyone who saw anything but left Target prior to police's arrival should contact Apex police at 919-362-8661.


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  • wcumedic24 Jun 2, 2010

    No that is not the point, if you just rush in you too will become a victim, noone knew where or how many shooters there were for the first 10-15 minutes. Because if you rush in you will become a victim. Our safety is the FIRST priority. End of story. The shooter took care of the not having extra casulties when he shot himself so the Police had nobody to confront and when they found this out, that there was only one shooter, they entered the store and confronted the suspect and he killed himself.

  • xchief661 Jun 1, 2010

    I am so so sorry for all of the families involved and I am so thankful that no one else was hurt or killed. It seems he went there with the intention to Kill only her and himself. How sad that those who witnessed such a terrible event will forever have it imprinted in their minds. My heart goes out to the co-workers of Lupe and the people in the store that day. God Bless!

  • wildcat Jun 1, 2010

    Having terminal cancer is no excuse to kill someone. Also he took the cowards way out. In time I hope the daughter will see just the kind of father she had - murderer!

  • saab_eater Jun 1, 2010

    The LEOs said that, because nobody exactly knew what happened..even 15 minutes after. The first responding officer said he got a call saying there was 6 shooters inside. They deemed the building safe for detectives to go in about an hour or so after it all happened. Hell, we were huddled out back between the retaining wall and the trees for about 30 minutes before we were escorted to Lowes.

    in my 5 years of employment at target, i would have never imagined something as crazy as this.. I pray for Lupe and her family. I pray for all of my coworkers that knew her better than I did. I pray for all the innocent guests that unfortunately had to witness this.

  • wiseowl Jun 1, 2010

    because obviously everything is about you Journey985. get a grip. i'm sure you went and grazed somewhere else.

  • brotorious Jun 1, 2010

    you all are terrible. have some class and shut your mouths. nobody cares about your opinion.

  • Journey985 Jun 1, 2010

    I live right next to this Target, we actually went there 15 or so minutes after the shooting, the entire shopping center from Lowes to Target was blocked off, but NONE of the officers would say anything, I asked how I can get to Target and all he said was "You're not going to Target today", would have been nice for them to say that there had been an incident (didn't even need to explain what) and that they would be closed for the rest of the day. Goes to prove my point, LEO's are arrogant and rude! FUnny thing is, we were delayed from heading out to the store because I was lazy getting breakfast made, had I not sat around for an extra 10 mins relaxing, we would have been in the store at the time of the shooting!!

  • saab_eater May 31, 2010

    to the people that say there is no compassion, you have no idea what target has gone through. the choice to stay open was a hard choice for the store manager to make. he was thinking we could be closed for a couple days, but what would that accomplish? by being open today, it allowed all of the team members to not only talk and be with each other, but to lift up lupe and celebrate her life. every time i went to work, i looked forward to talking with her. I went in to work on a day off with my niece, and since then, lupe would always ask me how she was doing. she was the nicest person, hands down, that i've ever met in my life. all day at work today, everyone talked with each other and made sure we were all alright. it was a day long therapy session full of tears, of course, but it was also full of laughter telling stories about her.

    anyone that has nothing positive to say about this, please dont respond. its just disrespectful. use that energy to pray for lupe and her family

  • oldrebel May 31, 2010

    re:"What we need is fewer Conceald Carry holders with hero complexes."

    What is the basis for that? I haven't seen a lot of media accounts of Concealed Carry holders running around with hero complexes doing anything? Or is that just another one of those knee jerk reflexes from another cop wannabee?

  • SomeRandomGuy May 31, 2010

    wcumedic24-that makes no sense to me. Isn't the whole point of an active shooter scenario to engage the gunman as SOON as possible to prevent any further injuries/loss of life??