Timothy J. Wall, 55, carried out the killings Thursday at a Publix in Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Friday.
The shooting caused dozens of employees and customers to flee the store when Wall committed suicide. No other injuries were reported. The sheriff’s office scheduled a press conference Friday afternoon to provide an update. Authorities have not released the names of the victims, citing a state law that allows survivors to block their release.
Wall listed $ 6,000 in assets in his bankruptcy filing, including $ 9 in checking account, $ 18 in savings, $ 4,100 in a stock trading account, $ 740 in bitcoin, and a $ 300 gun. He said he made $ 24,000. last year as a laborer working through a temp agency and that his mode of transportation was a $ 600 scooter.
Meanwhile, he had racked up more than $ 215,000 in debt, most of it owed on the home his ex-wife now owns, bankruptcy filing shows. She divorced him in 2018 and he had given her his home in 2019, Palm Beach County court records show.
State records show the couple once owned a dry cleaning business at the Publix mall. It’s unclear when it closed, but Wall last submitted an annual report to the state in 2012.
No previous criminal record could be found for Wall. Neither Wall’s bankruptcy attorney, Ryan Loyacano, nor his ex-wife immediately returned calls Friday seeking comment. The Associated Press does not name her to protect her privacy.
The shooting occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the produce section of a Publix located in a strip mall that also houses small shops and restaurants. Detectives initially said the shooter and the victims may have known each other, but their investigation has found no links, Barbera said.
Publix is the largest grocery chain in Florida and has more than 1,200 stores in the southern United States. The company said in a statement Thursday that it was cooperating with law enforcement. The sheriff’s office said the grocery store would be closed until Saturday.
Royal Palm Beach is a middle-class suburb of 40,000 residents, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) inland from Palm Beach.