What we know − and don't know − about the shooting at Evansville's West Side Walmart

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  • 2023-01-24 10:06:38Z
  • By The Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE - It's been several days since the West Side Walmart became the scene of an active shooter situation in Evansville, and several questions remain unanswered.

The suspect, a former Walmart employee, was killed on scene by law enforcement. One person was injured, and as of Monday afternoon her current condition was not known.

Here's what we know − and still don't know − about the incident.

More:Police identify suspect in Evansville Walmart shooting as former store employee

What we know

When the incident began and ended

The calls started coming in to Evansville-Vanderburgh County Central Dispatch at 9:59 p.m. Thursday night.

The shooting lasted about 15 minutes, according to Evansville police.

An employee meeting was set to take place at 10 p.m. and workers were starting to gather in the breakroom. Mosley entered the room and ordered employees to line up against a wall and held them at gunpoint, according to Evansville police spokeswoman Officer Anna Gray.

Two employees were told to stay in the middle of the room. Mosley then shot the female Walmart employee in the head, according to police. She was carried to safety by her coworkers, who used a shirt to apply pressure to her wound.

The identity of the shooter

The shooter was a previous Walmart employee, Ronald Ray Mosley II.

The 25-year-old had previously attacked four employees at the same store in 2022. An active criminal case, citing four counts of misdemeanor battery, was pending in Vanderburgh County Mental Health Court in that case.

He had a hearing in that case the day of the shooting. According to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Diana Moers, Mosley appeared for that hearing and it was "non-descript."

More:Records: Accused Evansville Walmart shooter attacked co-workers last year

Multiple law enforcement officers shot Mosley, killing him, after Mosley allegedly discharged his weapon in the direction of police. No officers were injured, according to the Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff's office.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office said Mosley died after he sustained "multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso."

As of Monday afternoon, the coroner's office has not publicly released a full autopsy report.

How many people were in the store

Evansville police estimate there were about 40 shoppers inside the store at the time of the shooting. No shoppers were injured.

More:'Oh my god': 911 calls detail what happened inside Evansville Walmart during shooting

What we don't know

Condition of the victim

While Evansville police have not released the name of the victim, 28-year-old Amber Cook has been reported to be the employee who was shot Thursday evening.

According to a GoFundMe arranged by her mother, Cook will need multiple surgeries for her injuries. Sunday, an update stated Cook's second surgery had gone well.

Where the gun came from

The gun used Thursday was a 9mm, but police have not determined, or at least said publicly, how Mosley got it.

During a news conference Friday, Gray said there were magazines found on scene. But she could not confirm if Mosley reloaded or not.

Gray said detectives were still investigating how many shots were fired.

What was said in the reported suicide note

Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin reported Friday that Mosley had left behind a suicide note at his home that was found by officers as they were executing a search warrant.

Bolin said during the news conference he did not want to get into the contents of the note, but said Mosley "absolutely planned to die last night."

More:EPD: Walmart shooter held employees at gunpoint, left suicide note

When the West Side Walmart will reopen

Shoppers will need to select another location for their shopping at this time. The store was turned back over to Walmart from law enforcement early Friday morning.

In a statement sent to the Courier & Press, Walmart said the store remains closed while they provide support to their associates and determine next steps.

"A reopening date has yet to be finalized," the statement read.

Jon Webb and Houston Harwood contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on Evansville Courier & Press: Here's what we know about the shooting at an Evansville Walmart


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