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Police: Gunman takes his own life after shooting at Iowa businesses

A 40-year-old man shot himself in the head with a handgun Monday afternoon when approached by police regarding shots fired at a business in eastern Iowa. The man took his own life just after a man matching his description fired shots a few miles away at a law firm inside of a building holding it and a military recruiting center, which was not a target.

The Bettendorf Police Department said that two people received minor injuries in the shooting, but the injuries were not caused by gunshots. No other information was released.

Bettendorf Police spokeswoman Lauran Haldman said police in neighboring Davenport responded to reports of shots fired at a law firm at 2 p.m. first. A witness told KWQC-TV that he heard gunshots and screaming at the law office, USA Today reports.

Several shots were fired in the building, but police arrived within minutes, ABC reports. However, the suspect had already fled the scene.

A nearby school was put on lock down temporarily.

Just minutes later, reports came of shots fired in another location. A man matching the suspect’s description was discovered in the parking lot of another business.

He saw the officers and fired one bullet into his head, according to Haldeman. He died of the self-inflicted gunshot wound. There were no additional injuries reported at the second location and police did not immediately reveal how many shots were fired at the location before the fatal shot.

Authorities did not release the name of the man or any information on why the shooting happened.

All U.S. Marine Corps personnel from the recruiting office have been accounted for and were not harmed, according to Captain James Stenger, 9th Marine Corps Recruiting District spokesman.

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