Who was Timothy J Wall? Florida gunman, 55, killed himself after shooting 2 dead at Publix
ROYAL PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: A man fatally shot a woman and a toddler before taking his own life in a Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach on Thursday, June 10 morning, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said. Detectives on Thursday afternoon were speaking to witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage as they tried to piece together what led up to the attack.
The shooting happened inside the store near the produce section just after 11:30 am. Police had then believed the shooter, identified as Timothy J Wall, 55, and the victims, a woman and her grandson, may have known each other. The boy would have turned 2 years old this month. Wall, a resident of Royal Palm Beach, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On May 8, 2021, we reported Times Square shooting where Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, was identified as the shooter, who was allegedly aiming at his brother. Just after a day, on May 9, 2021 we reported the Colorado Springs shooting, in which six people were killed while attending a birthday party. On June 7, 2021, we reported the murder of Lil Durk’s brother DThang, who died 'on the spot' after he was shot in Chicago.
Palm Beach County Sheriff's office made their first Twitter update saying, "Detectives are investigating a shooting that took place INSIDE Publix in RPB. Upon arrival deputies located three individuals deceased from gunshot wounds, one adult male, one adult female and one child. The shooter is one of the deceased. This was NOT an active shooter situation." They further updated on the identity of the victims, "The family has invoked Marsy’s Law, therefore, the names of the victims: 1 yr/old boy & his grandmother will not be released. The gunman’s name will be released after his next of kin has been notified. There is NO known motive or relationship between the gunman and the victims."
Detectives are investigating a shooting that took place INSIDE Publix in RPB. Upon arrival deputies located three individuals deceased from gunshot wounds, one adult male, one adult female and one child. The shooter is one of the deceased. This was NOT an active shooter situation pic.twitter.com/G9KgTr3Mmp— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) June 10, 2021
The family has invoked Marsy’s Law, therefore, the names of the victims: 1 yr/old boy & his grandmother will not be released. The gunman’s name will be released after his next of kin has been notified. There is NO known motive or relationship between the gunman and the victims. https://t.co/5GIXZ39r7x— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) June 11, 2021
Witnesses told the Sun-Sentinel about the incident, saying they were running errands when the shooting happened. Lynn Waterman told newspaper reporters she was checking out at the cash register when she heard the gunfire. She thought it was balloons popping, she told the newspaper. The cashier said there was a shooter, and she started running, she said, according to the article. “Everybody ran out the store and I stood in the parking lot a while and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Why am I standing out here? He could come out and shoot us’,” Waterman, 61, told the newspaper.
She said that the supermarket store was not busy at the time of the shooting. “I’m glad I’m alive, that’s all,” she told the newspaper. Elvis Way, who is working as a grocery bagger for 13 years, told the outlet that he was outside of the grocery store to collect shopping carts when shoppers and other workers began fleeing the store and screaming “Run!” He said that he hid at a nearby Dollar Tree store and warned shoppers there of the shooting while crouching on the floor. He later ran outside and hid near law enforcement.
A witness of the shooting took to Twitter that he was going to the store to buy water when Wall walked into the store and opened fire. “Hope eveyrone is alive. Glad I don’t live on Loxahatchee, Fl,” the post said in part. The Twitter user later corrected the original post to say the gun the person had was not a shotgun. He wrote the gunman walked in wearing a trench coat. Juan Guardia, another witness said that after the shootings, employees began running and telling shoppers to get out. “She said, ‘Run, run. It’s a shooting, shooting run!’” said Juan Guardia, who was at the deli area when he heard a gunshot come from the produce section. “After that, I got out from the back side, the back gate.”
“I was in the deli area. I heard ‘they’re shooting!’ A woman Publix worker said ‘run! Shooting!”— Rachida Harper Skinner (@rachida_harper) June 10, 2021
“I was scared. It’s sad because everything happened fast. Everyone was running, some employees were crying.”
- Juan Guardia, who was inside the RPB Publix during the shooting. pic.twitter.com/DYgVtA8zBQ