HIALEAH, Fla. - A gunman shot and killed his wife outside a South Florida restaurant where she worked, then targeted women inside and killed three others before committing suicide, police said yesterday.

Police said Gerardo Regalado, 38, bypassed at least two men when he fired at the women inside. Three women were hospitalized in critical condition, Hialeah police Detective Eddie Rodriguez said.

"He went straight for the women," Rodriguez said.

Regalado is the half brother of former baseball star Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez.

The shooting Sunday night began in a parking lot outside the Yoyito Restaurant in Hialeah, where Regalado, of Coral Gables, was seen arguing with Liazan Molina, Rodriguez said. The couple married in 2007.

According to police, Regalado shot and killed Molina, 24, then entered the restaurant and fired at six women inside.

Regalado drove off after the shooting, police said. Officers found him dead of an apparent suicide a few blocks away, with the same weapon used in the shootings, Rodriguez said.

It was not immediately clear if all the women shot were restaurant employees or customers. The shooting began at 10:15 p.m., shortly after the restaurant had closed.