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Suspect in fatal Walmart shooting later turned gun on self: Police


OCALA, Fla. — A 54-yearold man suspected of the fatal weekend shooting of a woman in a Walmart store in north Florida has been hospitaliz­ed with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Ocala police said in a Facebook post, that David Johnson shot Carli Cronin, 30, in an apparent domestic dispute on Saturday in the garden section of a Walmart in that city.

Witnesses told police Cronin screamed for help before she was shot multiple times. Employees called 911 and attempted to intervene. Investigat­ors said Johnson left the store on a bike after the shooting.

A SWAT team surrounded a home a few kilometres away a short time later and evacuated neighbours before Johnson was found inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to authoritie­s. Police said he was taken to the hospital and wasn’t expected to survive his injuries.

Scotty Ballard told the Ocala Star-Banner that Cronin was his roommate and that Johnson and Cronin had dated for about nine months but weren’t currently together.

Ballard told the newspaper that the pair had been arguing all day Saturday because he wanted to get back together and she did not. Ballard said Johnson threatened Cronin, saying at one point he was “coming strapped” for her.

On Saturday afternoon, Ballard and Cronin went to Walmart to get furnishing­s for their apartment. Ballard said he was an aisle away when the shooting happened.

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