Gunman killed after open fire at Walmart in Indiana, police say

At least one person was shot and injured at a Walmart in southern Indiana Thursday night when a former employee opened fire at the store, police said.

The gunman was eventually killed in a shootout with police that lasted minutes.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. local time at the Walmart in the West Side neighborhood of Evansville, a riverside town about 180 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The suspect – identified as 25-year-old Ronald Ray Mosley II – reportedly entered the store and started shooting, according to the Evansville Police Department.

Officers were quickly dispatched to the scene and immediately entered the Walmart in search of the shooter as people attempted to hide or flee. The police said it was not known how many people were in the store at the time and how many were shot at.

Seven Evansville police officers and a Vanderburgh County sheriff’s deputy fired shots with the suspect both inside and outside the store in several different areas, although the exact number of rounds was unclear, according to police.

“On a number of occasions he actually shot officers before they were actually able to shoot him,” said Sgt. Anna Gray of the Evansville Police Department said at a news conference late Thursday. “At this point in time we do not believe there are any other suspects involved.”

The suspect was pronounced dead at the store. The entire incident lasted about 15 minutes, and no officers were injured, according to police.

A woman with a gunshot wound was transported from the scene to a local hospital. Her condition is unknown, police said.

“A lot of people went out so there could be more [victims] out there,” Gray told reporters. “If anyone was directly involved or injured during the incident, please either come back to the scene or call 911 and give us that information. We are currently looking for more victims.”

The suspect had a criminal history and used to work at Walmart. According to the police, he and the injured victim could have been work colleagues in the past.

“This is a tragic incident. We can’t imagine what the witnesses, staff and customers inside went through,” Evansville Police Department Officer Taylor Merriss said at a news conference early Friday. “But without the courage and professionalism of our department, many more lives could have been lost last night.”

The shooting is still under investigation. In addition to gathering crime scene evidence and interviewing witnesses, investigators are reviewing footage from responding officers’ body cameras and surveillance cameras at the Walmart, police said.

Walmart told ABC News in a statement late Thursday that it was “shocked by the senseless violence that took place at our Evansville store.”

“As we learn more, we will do everything we can to support our employees in dealing with this tragedy,” the company added. “We are grateful to the local first responders and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as their investigations progress.”

ABC News’ Peter Charalambous, Ahmad Hemingway and Cherise Rudy contributed to this report.

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