At least one person was injured in a shooting at a Walmart in Evansville, Indiana, on Thursday night, and a suspect was later shot dead by law enforcement. Evansville Police Department.
Police have identified the suspect as 25-year-old Ronald Ray Mosley II, who was fired from Walmart in May, a police spokesman said. Anna Gray said at a press conference Friday afternoon:
Mosley was fired after being arrested on multiple battery charges against other employees, Gray said.
He left a suicide note at his home on Thursday night, according to Police Chief Billy Bolin.
Vanderborough County Prosecutor Diana Moores said at a press conference on Friday that Mosley had regularly attended mental health court hearings after being arrested on battery charges.
According to the Indiana website, individuals admitted to mental health courts participate in a supervised treatment plan and undergo regular review of progress hearings.
Mosley appeared in a mental health court almost every two weeks and was at a hearing related to the battery case on Thursday afternoon.
Police first heard reports of the shooting at 9:59 p.m., Gray said at a news conference late Thursday night.
The shooting began after Mosley entered the break room at the back of the store as the meeting was about to begin, Bolin said Friday. About 40 shoppers were inside the store at the time, police said.
“He told everyone to line up against the wall, he had a gun in his hand, and he told the two of them to stay in the middle. He was going to shoot the woman at this point.” added the chief. Police said the woman was shot in the face and she is still being treated in hospital.
Bolin said there was another man in the room who was the “intended target”, but he was running during the shooting. Authorities did not identify the man and woman pointed out by the shooter, as well as their relationship to Mosley.
When officers arrived, they encountered a suspect who shot the officer multiple times, Gray said.
No officers were injured during the encounter with the suspect.
At a press conference on Friday, Bolin called the store’s team heroes.
He said that when the shooter started firing, the shift leader “removed the door and she ran and called 911.”
After the team leader saw the suspect leave the area, he returned to the break room and helped the injured woman go to another room to hide.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.