Gunman in Equinox shooting dropped from payroll before shooting, gym says

The popular personal trainer alleged to have fatally shot the general manger of the Equinox gym and seriously wounded another supervisor Saturday in a dispute abruptly parted from his job shortly before opening fire, according to a note Equinox sent to clients early Sunday morning.

The email does not name Abeku Wilson, the alleged gunman and longtime Equinox trainer, but says “a former trainer walked into our club in Coral Gables and shot two members of our team.” Wilson had trained a client about an hour before the early afternoon shooting, and was seen at Equinox throughout the morning. The email seems to confirm what people who had spoken to Equinox employees reported after the shooting: that Wilson was fired, and then shot two of the top executives at the high-end gym.

Equinox representatives were not immediately available for comment. The shooting left Janine Ackerman, the Coral Gables general manager, dead, and Marios Hortis, the fitness manager, critically wounded.