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‘Disgruntled’ ex-patient opens fire in dentist office: Cops

Smile Plus shooting

A disgruntled ex-patient, Mohammed Abdulkareem, bottom inset (via El Cajon police), allegedly shot up a dentist’s office near San Diego, California, killing Benjamin Harouni, top inset (via Smile Plus Dentistry), and injuring two others. Cops say Abdulkareem fled in a U-Haul pickup truck (left inset via KFMB). San Diego police later arrested the suspect. (Screenshot: KFMB/YouTube)

A “disgruntled” ex-patient walked into his former dentist’s office on Thursday and shot three people, including one fatally, authorities say.

The incident happened just after 4 p.m. in El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego. The El Cajon Police Department received calls about shots fired inside the Smile Plus dentist’s office at 480 N. Magnolia Ave. Officers arrived to find two men and one woman suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the men, 28-year-old dentist Benjamin Harouni, died on the scene while the other two victims were rushed to the hospital in serious but stable condition.

Cops identified the suspect as 29-year-old El Cajon resident Mohammed Abdulkareem and learned he fled the scene in a white U-Haul pickup truck. License plate readers picked up the truck’s tag. The department released suspect and vehicle information to local media.

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