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Is Synthetic Drug Behind Hospital Rampage?

Police are wondering if a 20-year-old man who shot himself and died at Halifax Health Medical Center had used a popular synthetic narcotic before his rampage, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. An almost-empty bottle labeled  “Molly Water” was found in the car of Jonathan Rodriguez-Jeff, who police say shot himself in the head in front of a nurse and her Alzheimer’s patient.

Police say he also tried to force two nurses into a sex act and blasted car and building windows with a tactical shotgun.

Molly is a mood-altering drug also known as MDMA or ecstasy, and is popular in the club drug scene.

Toxicology reports are needed before linking Rodriguez-Jeff’s actions to the drug. Police did tell the News-Journal that the part-time member of the Army National Guard was at a local nightclub hours before he died.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.