TAMPA, Fla (970 WFLA)-A man on a mission to take his own life decided he would do it by driving his car into the Dillard's store of Westfield Countryside Mall.
Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to the mall in reference to a fire call, when the arrived they found the fire and a giant hole in the wall where the suicidal man's car had driven through the wall and into the building. The driver, Ellis Vaughn, was extracated from the vehicle and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa with serious but non-life threatening injuries and burns.
Vaughn told rescue personnel that he was trying to kill himself and that he had left his home unlocked and had left a suicide note along with next of kin information.
The mall is expected to be open today, however the Dillard's store is expected to remain closed through the duration of Wednesday.