Indiana police kill gunman at Walmart, 1 person injured

EVANSVILLE, Indiana (AP) — A man who police shot dead after opening fire at an Indiana Walmart store, injuring at least one person, was a former employee who assaulted four employees at the store last year, reports said the authorities on Friday.

The shooter was identified by Sgt as Ronald Ray Mosley II. Anna Gray from the Evansville Police Department. She said Mosley previously worked at the shop in the southwest Indiana town.

Officer Taylor Merriss said Friday there was at least one victim, an employee. Police did not immediately release her name, age or the extent of her injuries. But Merriss said she “could talk when she was taken away from the scene,” reported the Evansville Courier & Press.

Evansville police and Vanderburgh County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an active shooter at the store around 10 p.m. Thursday. Merriss said customers and staff tried to hide or flee before officers arrived. The shooter’s killing spree lasted about 15 minutes.

‚ÄúSeveral officers were looking for the perpetrator. And he could turn the corner anytime,” said Merriss, who described the body camera footage as “eerie.”

Merriss said that according to body camera footage reviewed by police, Mosley tried to leave the store but was confronted at the door by officers. Mosley then went back inside and was fatally shot during a gun battle.

“When officers came in they tried to locate the suspect and he was all over the store. He would shoot at officers and move. So it wasn’t just limited to one area inside,” she said.

Gray said police didn’t immediately know how many people shot dead besides the female employee Mosley, and said there may have been other victims who fled the scene.

Evansville Police said there could be as many as 50 witnesses to the shooting. Authorities asked anyone who left the scene with injuries, no matter how minor, to contact emergency services.

Walmart, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail giant, said in a statement that “the entire Walmart family is shocked by the senseless violence that took place at our Evansville store and our hearts go out to our employee at this time.”

Mosley was charged in May with the quadruple battery misdemeanor after allegedly assaulting four employees at the Walmart store, according to Evansville Courier & Press court documents. A probable cause affidavit filed in the case says Mosley told police he had problems with people at work and “lost control.”

Mosley, who was a store clerk at the time, was walking through the store in May when he reportedly passed a colleague and called him a “snake.” When the colleague told Mosley to “grow up,” Mosley reportedly slapped the worker in the face and threw him to the ground, records show.

Mosley told police he “passed out” afterwards, but the affidavit says he subsequently assaulted three other employees on May 18, 2022.

The case was eventually referred to the Vanderburgh County Mental Health Court. Mosely was scheduled to appear for a hearing Thursday afternoon, but court records don’t say if he showed up.

Walmart said in a separate statement Friday that it does not discuss HR matters with current or former employees, but said Mosley “has not worked for Walmart since May 2022.”

Police have not said what type of weapon was used or how it was obtained. Indiana has a “red flag” law, passed by the legislature in 2005, that allows police or courts to confiscate guns from anyone who shows warning signs of violence.

No jury trial has been filed against Mosley in that battery case following the May incident at the store, Winston Lin, deputy chief prosecutor for the Vanderburgh County Attorney’s Office, said Friday.

A press conference is planned for Friday afternoon, the city’s police department said in a tweet.

Evansville, a city of about 116,000 on the Ohio River, is 172 miles (276 kilometers) southwest of Indianapolis.

A Walmart executive in Chesapeake, Virginia, killed six people in November when he began wild shooting in a break room before a routine staff meeting two days before the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition, six people were injured. The gunman shot and killed himself before officers arrived.

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Rick Callahan contributed to this report from Indianapolis

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