UPDATE

Man accused of killing female Best Buy employee Monday has died

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Henry Cota, Jr. (Source: Avondale Police Dept.) Henry Cota, Jr. (Source: Avondale Police Dept.)
Melissa Mendez (Source: Go Fund Me) Melissa Mendez (Source: Go Fund Me)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
AVONDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The suspect in a deadly shooting at an Avondale Best Buy store on Monday has died.

Police say Henry Cota, Jr., 27, was pronounced dead Tuesday night.

On Monday, police were called out to a reported shooting at the store at 99th Avenue and McDowell Road in Avondale.

A female employee had been shot and killed. She was later identified as Melissa Mendez, 26.

[READ MORE: Female employee dies in shooting at Avondale Best Buy]

Cota, the man police believe shot Mendez, had reportedly turned the gun on himself, in what police say was a possible murder-suicide attempt.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition at the time.

Police say there was a history of domestic violence between Mendez and Cota. 

"Information gathered by the criminal investigations bureau has revealed the two subjects knew each other," Officer Jaret Redfearn of the Avondale Police Department said.

The gun believed to have been used in the shooting was located at the scene.

Investigators on the scene are still sorting out the moments leading up to the numerous shots fired calls that came into the 911 system shortly after noon.

"Information that we have right now is that there was [sic] multiple shots fired," Redfearn said,

Best Buy released the following statement:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and children of Melissa Mendez after she was senselessly shot and killed on Monday. Domestic violence has no place in our society, and this tragic event is an example of how destructive it can be. Melissa, an employee at our Avondale store for more than seven years, was well-liked by her colleagues and great at her job. Counseling has been made available for our employees. Our Avondale store remains closed at this time.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help pay for her funeral as well as expenses for Mendez's two children.

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