Salon Owner Speaks Out About Shooting

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by Michele McCormack

BROOKFIELD-The owner of Azana Salon spoke out for the first time Tuesday since the Sunday morning shooting that killed three of her employees and wounded four other women.

"Our hearts are broken over the loss of our colleagues," Tami Gemmell said, "they were heroic in their actions and protected each other until the end. "

Gemmel went on to thank police, emergency workers, hospital workers and the community for its support.

She struggled to maintain her composure when talking about the co-workers she loved.

"All of these incredible women will be in our hearts and memories. We pray for the families, their children, and the cherished loved ones and that they find comfort in each other and purpose in the unthinkable."

Police say the gunman targeted his wife, a stylist, from whom he was estranged and had been ordered to stay away from just days earlier.

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