Indiana Walmart shoots victim’s mother: gunman threatens daughter

Jenny Couch said her daughter had life-threatening injuries after being shot in the head, but described her daughter as “very strong. Strong willed, strong in mind.”

EVANSVILLE, Indiana — The mother of a Walmart employee who was shot and wounded by a former colleague at a Walmart store in Indiana says the gunman repeatedly threatened to kill her daughter.

(NOTE: The video in the player above is a Jan 20 report on the shooter)

Jenny Couch told WFIE-TV that her daughter, 28-year-old Amber Cook, was targeted by Ronald Ray Mosley II because he was in love with her boyfriend. When the boyfriend told Mosley he had no romantic interest in him, Mosley got angry with Cook and threatened to kill her, she said.

“He was constantly texting my daughter, anonymously, everything. He kept calling her and telling her he was going to kill her, that he was watching her walk her dog,” Couch told the Evansville station on Friday.

According to the Evansville Police Department, Mosley, 25, went into a break room at a store where employees were meeting Thursday night and shot Cook in the face with a 9mm handgun. Another employee fled the room and called 911. Police officers reacted within minutes and fatally shot Mosley. At the time, about 40 employees and 40 shoppers were in the store, but no one else was injured.

On Friday, Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin praised a heroic female employee who came to the victim’s aid after Mosley left the break room to pursue an escaped male employee. Bolin said she called 911, took the victim to another room, locked the door and turned off the light before Mosley returned and searched for the wounded woman.

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Mosley had worked at the southwestern Indiana store until he was fired last year after being charged with the quadruple battery misdemeanor in May 2022 for assaulting four employees, Evansville police said Friday.

An affidavit of probable cause in the case says Mosley told police he was having problems with people at work and “lost control.” A man who was one of those victims told police that Mosley was “mad at him” before the attack because he told Mosley he had no romantic interest in him, according to the affidavit.

After the 2022 store attack, Mosley pleaded guilty to battery charging and the case was referred to the Vanderburgh County Mental Health Court, county prosecutor Diana Moers said Friday. Moers said Mosley complied with the mental health treatment ordered by the court.

Couch said her daughter had life-threatening injuries after being shot in the head, but described her daughter as “very bad. Strong-willed, strong-minded.” She said Cook was surrounded by loved ones at an Indianapolis hospital but was scared.

“My little girl is lying here wondering if she’s even going to wake up. She’s afraid to fall asleep because she’s afraid she won’t wake up,” Couch said.

Evansville Police Department Sergeant Anna Gray said Friday the woman is in stable condition after being helicoptered to the Indianapolis hospital. She said Saturday that police had no update on her condition.

Walmart said in a statement Saturday that the store has not reopened.

“The store will remain closed while we support our staff and determine next steps. A suitable reopening date has yet to be determined,” said the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail giant.

Evansville is a city of about 116,000 on the Ohio River about 170 miles (275 kilometers) southwest of Indianapolis.