The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said a man shot and killed a woman and a small child before committing suicide at the Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach on Thursday morning.
The attack took place shortly after 11:30 a.m. inside a Publix store near the product section of a shopping mall with small shops and restaurants.
The agency said on Thursday it would not recognize the woman or child who will turn 2 this month. He said their families were exercising their rights in a 2018 amendment to the state constitution, drafted by California’s Marsy Act, which would allow victims and their families to hide their names from public reports.
Man kills woman, a toddler at Florida Publix supermarket
The sheriff’s office said Thursday that the attacker was Timothy J. Wall, 55, of Royal Palm Beach. As of Thursday night, he said, “there is no known cause or connection between the gunman and the victims.”
Authorities said a weapon was found near Wall’s body and they thought his injuries were self-inflicted.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, sheriff’s spokesman Terry Barbera said detectives were talking to witnesses and examining the surveillance video.
“It wasn’t an active shooter situation,” Barbera said.
Juan Guardia said that when the chaos began, the supermarket was in the market area.
“‘They’re shooting!’ A female Publix employee ‘Run! Shoots!’ I heard him shout. “Guardia recalled. “I was scared. It was sad that everything happened so fast. Everyone ran away. Some workers were crying.”
A large number of patrol cars arrived at The Crossroads shopping center just before noon. A sheriff’s office helicopter remained on top of the store, and a Palm Beach County Rescue vehicle was at the scene.
When several Publix employees were allowed to leave the store, it turned out that employees and some customers were kept inside to meet with MPs. At around 2.30 pm, some workers began to leave the store.
Security forces were checking the license plates of cars in the parking lot. People are not allowed to drive vehicles.
Residents nearby expressed shock.
“It’s a friendly Publix. I don’t believe this crazy thing happened,” said Tracy Greene, a frequent store buyer.
Oaktree Moody, a Royal Palm Beach resident who lives across the street from the store, said, “This is not a Publix count. It’s a human problem.” “I was born and raised here and I never expected that to happen.”
Publix has more than 1,200 stores in seven states in the Southeastern United States. Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous told the U.S. today that the company is cooperating with local law enforcement.
“Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy,” Brous said.
District Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, who represents the area, said in a statement that the shooting was a “heartache.”
“We are so used to violence,” he said. “Today we are saddened by this loss of life and pray for the people inside Publix who witnessed this tragedy and for the first intervention to continue to flee to danger to protect the people. We must step up tomorrow and speak honestly about why and how to prevent this violence. it depends on what can be done. Inaction is not an option. ”
According to the Census Bureau, Royal Palm Beach is a village of about 40,000 people. The village is west of West Palm Beach, about 15 miles inland.
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