FORT LAUDERDALE – The gunman who killed a grandmother and her one-year-old grandson in a Florida supermarket filed for bankruptcy earlier this year after falling into deep debt, according to federal court files, despite the fact that detectives have no connection between him and know his victims.
Timothy J. Wall, 55, carried out the murders Thursday at a Publix in Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Friday.
The shooting resulted in dozens of employees and customers fleeing the business when Wall then killed himself. No other injuries were reported. The sheriff’s office has scheduled a press conference on Friday afternoon to provide an update. The authorities have not released the names of the victims as they cite a state law that allows survivors to block their release.
Wall listed $ 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 working for a temp agency and his mode of transport was a $ 600 scooter.
He now had more than $ 215,000 in debt, most of which he owed to his ex-wife, the bankruptcy file shows. She divorced him in 2018 and he signed her home for her in 2019, Palm Beach County court records show.
No criminal record for Wall could be found. Neither Wall’s bankruptcy attorney Ryan Loyacano nor his ex-wife called back immediately on Friday asking for comment. The Associated Press does not name them to protect their privacy.
The shooting took place shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Thursday in the grocery section of a Publix, which is located in a mall that also houses small shops and restaurants. Detectives initially said the shooter and victims may have known each other, but their investigations have revealed no connection, Barbera said.
Publix is Florida’s largest grocery chain and has more than 1,200 stores in the southern United States. The company said Thursday that it was cooperating with law enforcement agencies. The sheriff’s office said the supermarket would be closed until Saturday.
Royal Palm Beach is a middle class suburb of 40,000 residents about 15 miles inland from Palm Beach.
By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press