Man shoots woman to death in Ocala Walmart, still at large

Posted November 27, 2018

According to Ocala police, the gunman and victim knew each other.

The incident, which happened at the Walmart located on E. Silver Springs Blvd, began in the Garden Center as a domestic dispute. He said the victim and the suspect dated for about nine months but were now apart and had been arguing all day. Authorities say a SWAT team surrounded a home a few miles (kilometers) away and evacuated neighbors before Johnson was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Ocala police said this is the 12th domestic violence homicide in the county this year.

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- Ocala Police say a 55-year-old man, accused of shooting and killing a woman inside a Walmart, was taken into custody.

Police say a Walmart employee attempted to intervene in the dispute and called 911. Authorities said Cronin was shot multiple times.

Scotty Ballard told the Ocala Star-Banner that he was Cronin's roommate and they had gone to Walmart to buy furnishings for their apartment.

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The suspect rode away from the store on a bike wearing an orange vest and brown shorts, the Ocala StarBanner reports.

During those arguments, the man threatened her several times and at one point said he was "coming strapped" for her, Ballard said. Police said he was taken to the hospital and wasn't expected to survive his injuries. The Ocala Police Department confirmed that the woman had died. The man left the store after the shooting. Her name hasn't been released, pending notification of her family.

No details about the woman have been released by police, who were trying to reach her relatives.

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