The Evansville Police Department has reported that an incident involving gunfire occurred at a Walmart store on Thursday night. According to the police, the suspect was 25-year-old Ronald Ray Mosley II- a former employee of Walmart.
The suspect shot at least one person before he was fatally shot by officers.
Officer Taylor Merriss stated in a briefing from the crime scene on Friday that the victim was a current employee. She was unable to provide the victim’s identity or share her condition after the shooting, though she mentioned that the victim still seemed to be able to converse when they were carried away from the store.
Court documents reveal that in May, Mosley was given four misdemeanor counts of battery. His case was then directed to Vanderburgh County’s mental health court, and he was slated to have a progress hearing in the afternoon on the day of the shooting. It is not mentioned in the court records if he attended.
The Indiana database of protective orders showed five such orders against Mosley, all of which were issued between May and August of last year. The orders from May indicated that Mosley had not yet been officially served. The names of the people who filed these orders are not listed.
At 9:59 p.m. on Thursday, the Emergency Dispatchers received an alert concerning a shooter. Subsequently, seven officers from the Evansville Police Department (EPD) and a deputy from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office swiftly responded and rushed into the shop to find the culprit.
Officer Merriss reported that the shooting incident in the store lasted for about fifteen minutes, during which customers and employees attempted to conceal themselves or flee the scene. He further described the body camera footage as “eerie”.
After the shooting, police officers reviewed the body camera footage and discovered that Mosley had attempted to leave the store, only to be stopped by officers at the entrance. He was ultimately killed by police personnel who had responded to the scene.
The department declared that there could be up to fifty people who witnessed the shooting. Many law enforcement agents from the Evansville Police Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, and Indiana State Police arrived at the scene on Thursday evening, accompanied by ambulances parked in front of the store.