Timothy Wall identified as Publix gunman. ‘It’s awful,’ shoppers say.
Man, 55, killed woman and her toddler grandson before taking his own life, PBSO says
ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. – Timothy J. Wall is the man authorities say killed a woman and her nearly 2-year-old grandson before taking his own life in a frightening shooting at a Publix on Thursday.
Court records show that Wall had declared bankruptcy earlier this year. He had $6,000 in assets compared to $215,000 in debts, according to bankruptcy records. Most of the money is owed to his ex-wife, who divorced him in 2018.
Flowers and stuffed animals lay Friday outside the supermarket at 1180 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard in Royal Palm Beach as the community remained shocked and saddened by the killings.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said there is “no known motive or relationship between the gunman and the victims, however, detectives are still investigating.”
PBSO is planning to reveal more details at a news conference Friday afternoon.
The young boy killed was to turn 2 later this month. Authorities have not released either of the victims’ names.
Local 10 News now has a photo of Wall, who was identified as the gunman by PBSO on Thursday night.
On Friday morning, shoppers returned to the Publix to retrieve items left behind when they scrambled to leave after gunfire rang out near the produce section late Thursday morning.
“It’s awful. It’s our local Publix and it’s scary. Very sad,” said Pam Taplan, who came Friday to pick up her friend’s purse.
Taplan said her friend dropped her purse and phone and ran out of the store when she heard three gunshots.
The supermarket remains closed and said it is not sure when it will reopen. PBSO said that isn’t expected to happen until at least Saturday morning.
“I don’t believe someone has the right to take a child’s life,” another woman outside the store said Friday. “That really impacts me.
Investigators continue to work to connect the dots on why Wall, of Royal Palm Beach, allegedly targeted a young child and his grandmother.
“We are trying to determine what led up to the shooting,” Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said.
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