EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A former employee opened fire inside an Indiana Walmart on Thursday night, injuring at least one person before being killed by officers, authorities said.
The shooter was identified by police Friday morning as 25-year-old Ronald Ray Mosley II. He previously worked for the Walmart in Evansville, Indiana, where the shooting took place, Evansville Police Department spokesman Sgt. said Anna Grey.
The victim was a current Walmart employee, Officer Taylor Merriss said at a news conference Friday morning. Authorities did not immediately identify the victim or provide any additional information about his current condition. Merriss said she believed the victim “was able to speak when she was taken off the scene.”
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Police and the suspect exchanged gunfire
Emergency dispatchers received a call about the shooter at 9:59 p.m. Officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, according to Evansville Police Sgt. Anna Grey.
“He was shooting at the officers and moving around,” Gray said. “He was all over the store.”
The department issued a social media alert at 10:12 p.m. asking the public to avoid the area. Minutes later, the police department tweeted that “threat has been neutralized.”
Gray said the suspect was shot and killed by police at the scene and fought back “several times”.
Up to 50 witnesses
The shooting spread through several areas of the store as customers and employees tried to hide or escape. Merriss described the body camera footage as “eerie”.
The ministry said there could be up to 50 witnesses to the incident. Dozens of officers from the Evansville Police Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police were at the scene, with ambulances also parked outside the store.
“A lot of people were running away,” Gray said. “We ask all witnesses to call if they have any information.”
Contributor: Christine Fernando, USA TODAY
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