EVANSVILLE, Indiana (AP) — A 25-year-old man opened fire at a Walmart store in Indiana where he once worked, injuring at least one person before officers fatally shot him, authorities said 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.
“Several 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 said in a company statement, “The entire Walmart family is shocked by the senseless violence that has taken place at our Evansville store and our hearts go out to our employee at this time,” reported WFIE-TV. “Once we learn more, we will do everything we can to support our employees in dealing with this tragedy.”
The Associated Press emailed Walmart for comment.
A press conference is planned for Friday, 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.