Indiana police kill suspected shooter in Walmart; 1 person wounded

Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 12:52 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 3:00 AM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE/Gray News) - Evansville Central Dispatch in Indiana confirmed authorities responded to an active shooter situation at a Walmart on Thursday night.

Dispatch says it happened at the store located on South Red Bank Road in Evansville. The call originally came in at 9:59 p.m.

Police say they have identified the suspect as Ronald Mosley II, a former employee at the store.

According to police, the shooting victim is a woman who currently works at Walmart.

Sgt. Anna Gray with the Evansville Police Department tells 14 News when police arrived on scene, officers immediately entered the building

“Officers were on scene very quickly, went right into Walmart,” Gray said. “We were given a description of the suspect. Officers then began to look for the suspect.”

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the shooting, with both deputies and police officers going inside to locate the gunman.

“Immediately, we assembled a team with the Evansville Police Department, and began to look for the threat,” Vanderburgh County Sheriff Noah Robinson said. “You may recall that decades ago, the Columbine model, that came across – when you secure a scene and wait for reinforcements to contain a situation. That’s no longer a model we practice. If there’s active gunfire, we immediately go to the threat and neutralize that threat to minimize the loss of life.”

Police said when law enforcement entered the building, the suspect opened fire at officers. Multiple police officers returned fire.

Gray said the shooter would fire and then run off, leading the officers around the store.

The gunman was shot and killed.

Gray says at least one person was shot and taken to the hospital, but there could be more victims. The severity of the victim’s injuries is unknown at this time.

Officials anyone who was at the store or was injured in the incident need to contact police.

Walmart officials said in a statement about Thursday’s shooting, “The entire Walmart family is shocked by the senseless violence that occurred at our Evansville store, and our hearts are with our associate at this time. As we learn more, we’ll do everything we can to support our associates as they cope with this tragedy. We’re thankful for the local first responders and will continue working with law enforcement through the course of their investigation.”