The Indiana State Police said Friday that the heroic actions taken by Walmart employees and law enforcement officers prevented the gunman who shot and injured a female employee from continuing to cause harm.
A former store employee, 25-year-old Ronald Ray Mosley II, walked into the store’s break room where employees were gathering late Thursday night and shot a woman in the face with a 9mm pistol.
She was the only one injured, according to the Evansville Police Department.
The male employee Mosley also wanted ran out of the room, and Mosley ran after him. Another female employee saw Mosley flee the room, called 911, then took the victim to another room, locked the door and turned off the lights, before Mosley I returned looking for the wounded woman.
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Sergeant Anna Gray said police were inside the building within four minutes of the 911 call.
About 40 Walmart employees and 40 shoppers were in the store at the time.
Mosley was shot dead by a police officer.
Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin called the female employee who called 911 a hero and praised her courage.
“There is no doubt that he is back to finish what he started. Today there will be dead victims, not living ones,” he said at a press conference. .
According to Gray, the woman she helped was airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis and was in stable condition.
According to Bolin, the shooter left a suicide note stating that “he was absolutely going to die.”
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Investigators don’t yet know when Mosley got the pistol or how many shots he fired, Gray said.
Mosley was fired from the store after being charged with four counts of misdemeanor after attacking four colleagues on May 18, 2022.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Mosley told authorities he had problems with people at work and “lost control.”
Mosley was at a hearing just hours before the shooting. He pleaded guilty to battery charging and was receiving mental health treatment through court.
Winston Lynn, chief deputy prosecutor for the Vanderborough County Attorney’s Office, said on Friday that a “red flag” court proceedings had not begun against Mosley.
“The entire Walmart family is shocked by the senseless violence that occurred at their Evansville store and our thoughts are with our employees at this time,” the retail giant told Fox News in a statement. “We will do everything we can to learn more and support our colleagues in dealing with this tragedy.”
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Walmart added, “We thank our local first responders and will continue to work with law enforcement during the investigation.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.