3 dead, man, woman and child
A grandmother and a boy died after Thursday’s incident. Their family invoked their right to privacy, blocking the disclosure of their names.
Publix, Royal Palm Beach shootings: PBSO makes video statement
Three people have died in a shooting that took place Thursday at a Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
Greg Lovett, Palm Beach Station
ROYAL PALM BEACH – In a Publix packed with lunchtime shoppers, a man walked into the produce section on Thursday, shot a woman and her young grandson, then turned the gun on him, the The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
The agency said Thursday evening he wouldn’t identify either the woman or the toddler, who would have been 2 years old this month. He said their family invoked their rights under a 2018 amendment to the state’s constitution, modeled on California’s Marsy Law, which allows victims of crime and their families to withhold their disclosure. name in public reports.
The sheriff’s office identified the gunman Thursday night as Timothy J. Wall, 55, of Royal Palm Beach. He said that on Thursday evening there was “no known motive or relationship between the shooter and his victims.” He warned his detectives were still investigating.
What we know about the Royal Palm Beach shopping center shooting
Authorities said a gun was found near Wall’s body and believed his injuries were self-inflicted.
MPs said the Publix, in The Crossroads shopping plaza on Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards, would remain closed until Saturday.
Customers can pick up items they left between 9 a.m. and noon Friday outside the store, the agency said. All items have been securely packaged and a Sheriff’s Assistant will distribute them.
“I heard: ‘They shoot! A Publix employee said, “Run! Shooting! ‘
The deadly attack on the store sent panicked shoppers and workers rushing to safety, witnesses said.
Juan Guardia said he was near the deli when chaos erupted.
“I heard, ‘They’re shooting!’ A Publix employee said, “Run! Pull ! “Guardia remembers.” I was scared. It’s sad because it all happened quickly. Everyone was running. Some employees were crying. “
At a press conference, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said detectives were interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance camera video as they tried to determine what led to the shooting, occurred around 11:40 a.m.
Onlookers outside the mall expressed shock at the deadly events that followed a spate of mass shootings across the country and days before Saturday’s fifth anniversary of the murderous Pulse nightclub rampage in Orlando that took killed 50 people.
Saddened, shocked store customers: “It’s a friendly Publix”
“It’s a friendly Publix. I can’t believe this crazy thing happened, ”said Tracy Greene, a regular at the mall.
“I’ve been here for 20 years and can’t believe this is happening,” agreed Tracey Cohron, a Royal Palm Beach resident who often shops at the Publix. “I know so many people who work there. I’m afraid of dying to find out who was even shot. “
If she had left her home six minutes earlier, Cohron said, she might have been inside the store when gunshots broke out. “It’s crazy,” she said. “I can’t believe this is really happening in my neighborhood.”
Oahtee Moody, a resident of Royal Palm Beach who lives across the street from the center, said the shooting was a tragic sign of the times.
“It’s not a Publix problem. It’s a human problem, “Moody said.” I was born and raised here, and I would never expect that to happen. ”
Publix officials at the chain’s Lakeland headquarters said they were aware of the shooting, but referred the questions to the sheriff’s office.
“Our hearts are with those affected by this tragedy,” a spokesperson for Publix said in a statement. “We are cooperating with local law enforcement.”
Dozens of sheriff’s deputies stayed at the mall all day. They cordoned off the store and checked the license plates of the cars in the parking lot.
Publix employees were allowed to leave the store in groups throughout the afternoon. All declined to comment.
Other stores in the square closed after the shooting. We don’t know when they will reopen. Publix officials recently announced that the grocery store will close for renovations soon.
In a statement, County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, who represents the area, expressed sympathy for those killed, their families, those who witnessed the shooting and first responders.
But, she said, the shooting underscores a societal problem that must be addressed.
Grieving is not enough, she said. “Tomorrow we need to step up and start a very honest conversation about why this has happened and what we can do specifically to prevent this violence,” McKinlay said. “Inaction is not an option.”
As of May 26, there had been 232 mass shootings in the United States this year, according to The National Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group. One took place at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, where 10 people died.
The organization defines a mass shooting as an event where four or more people are killed or injured, not counting the shooter.
Two fatal rampages recently took place in South Florida. Two people were killed and 21 injured at a Memorial Day weekend concert in the Miami area and three people were shot and killed on Sunday at a graduation party for Miami-Dade students Middle School.
In a tweet, to alert the public to the Publix shooting in Royal Palm Beach, the sheriff’s office sought to allay people’s worst fears.
“Detectives are investigating a shooting that took place inside Publix at RPB. Upon arrival, deputies located three people who died from gunshot wounds, an adult man, an adult woman and a child. shooter is one of the deceased. He was NOT an active shooter. situation. “
The deadliest recent shootings in Palm Beach County
- June 2015: Greenacres’ grandmother, Nilda Sheffield, kills her daughter Elizabeth Flores and the two children of her daughter, Sofia Chiddo, 2, and Xavier Neff, 7.
- September 2010: Patrick Dell breaks into his ex-wife’s house in Riviera Beach and kills Natasha Whyte-Dell and four of her seven children. A fifth child was shot in the neck but survived.
- January 2010: Wellington mortgage broker Neal Jacobson kills his wife and 7-year-old twins Eric and Joshua.
- November 2009: Paul Michael Merhige kills four members of his family during a Thanksgiving dinner in Jupiter.
- September 2002: Michael Roman executes five members of his family at a house in Lake Worth.