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69-Year-Old Woman Died Fighting Gunman Who Killed Her Grandchild at Publix: Deputies


A man killed a 1-year-old and the child’s 69-year-old grandmother and then died by suicide at a Publix supermarket in Florida. The suspect in the Thursday incident was identified by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as Timothy Wall, 55. Surveillance footage captured what happened, authorities said.

Deputies withheld the names of the woman and her grandchild, citing Marsy’s Law. Authorities said the grandmother tried to stop the gunman.

In a press conference in Friday, authorities described this as an apparently random attack. The alleged motivation seemed to be clear, however. Wall wrote on Facebook about wanting to kill people and children, said Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.

Bradshaw voiced anger, saying no one reported these comments before the murders.

“The real sad part of this, other than the fact that two people are dead, is that there was a chance this could be stopped,” he said. “You know why? The reason is he’s on Facebook. He has said, ‘I want to kill people and children.’ He’s got friends. Obviously, they saw that.”

The sister of Wall’s ex-wife said he lived with schizophrenia, according to The Palm Beach Post.

“He had mental issues,” Maia Knight said, telling the outlet her sister had gone to law enforcement in the past regarding Wall. “He wasn’t taking care of himself. My sister was going to the courthouse, going to police, telling everyone he needs help. My sister was trying to help him but didn’t know how.”

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