Florida supermarket gunman recently declared bankruptcy
Timothy J. Wall, 55, committed the murders Thursday at a Publix in Royal Palm Beach, spokeswoman for Palm Beach County Sheriff Teri Barbera said Friday.
The shooting sent dozens of employees and customers to flee the store as Wall subsequently committed suicide. No other injuries were reported. The sheriff’s office has scheduled a press conference for Friday afternoon to take stock. Authorities did not release the names of the victims, citing a state law that allows survivors to block their release.
Wall posted $ 6,000 in assets in his bankruptcy filing, including $ 9 in checks, $ 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 for a temp agency and his mode of transportation was a $ 600 scooter.
During that time, he had accumulated more than $ 215,000 in debt, most of which was owed to the house his ex-wife now owns, according to the bankruptcy file. She divorced in 2018 and he ceded their home to her in 2019, according to Palm Beach County Court records.
State records show the couple once owned a dry cleaning business in the Publix Mall. It’s unclear when it closed, but Wall filed a final annual report with the state in 2012.
No criminal record could be found for Wall. Neither Wall’s bankruptcy lawyer Ryan Loyacano nor his ex-wife immediately responded to calls on Friday for comment. The Associated Press does not appoint her to protect her privacy.
The shooting happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the produce section of a Publix located in a mall that also houses small stores and restaurants. Detectives initially said the shooter and the victims may have known each other, but their investigation revealed no connection, Barbera said.
Publix is Florida’s largest grocery chain with 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 supermarket would be closed until Saturday.
Royal Palm Beach is a middle-class suburb of 40,000 residents, approximately 15 miles inland from Palm Beach.