Three women shot to death in separate weekend incidents

A woman died on the Nicoya peninsula in a murder suicide Friday. A woman passenger in a taxi died when the taxi came under fire. And a woman bar owner died when she tried to close the door when a man was shooting at the business.

The murder and suicide in Casitas, Nicoya, took place about 10 a.m. Investigators may never know why for sure. The victim, identified by her last name of Gómez, was at work when a man arrived and without saying a word shot her in the chest, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. She died at the scene. She was 36.

Two hours later, Fuerza Pública officers found the body of the prime suspect some 900 meters from the murder scene. He appears to have killed himself with a shotgun, said agents. They speculated that there had been some type of relationship between the two individuals.

In Limón a 49-year-old woman with the last name of West was the victim of an ambush as she arrived near her home in Limoncito about 9 p.m. Friday. Gunmen fired at least 24 bullets into the pirate taxi. The woman died at Hospital Tony Facio. The driver, identified by the last name of Cortés, was badly injured, judicial agents said.

Agents speculated that the weapons used were an AK-47 rifle and a .38-caliber pistol.

The bar shooting was early Sunday in Barrio Moracia de Liberia.
Judicial agents said that shortly after midnight a man got into a dispute with another customer. The man left and went to his home nearby and returned with a firearm, they said.

From outside he began firing randomly at the building containing the bar. The co-owner tried to close the front door but was hit in the neck by one of the bullets, said agents. A 28-year-old suspect was detained at his home later in the morning, agents said.

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