ROYAL PALM BEACH, Florida — Three people have been killed — a man, a woman and her one-year-old grandson — in a shooting Thursday morning at a Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
“There is no known motive or relationship between the gunman and the victims,” PBSO spokeswoman Teri Barbera said in a press release on Thursday evening. “However, the detectives are still investigating.”
The gunman was identified as Timothy J. Wall, 55, of Royal Palm Beach. The names of the victims are not being released due to Marsy’s law, Barbera said.
Officers were called to the shooting at 11:39 a.m. at the corner of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard on Okeechobee Boulevard in The Crossroads shopping center.
Barbera said when officers arrived they found three people dead from gunshot wounds near the store’s manufacturing area.
A deputy sheriff was at a nearby dry cleaner’s when the shooting happened and rushed to the grocery store, but the shooting was over by the time he arrived.
Publix will remain closed until Saturday, Barbera said.
Customers can collect their personal items in front of the Publix between 9am and noon on Fridays.
Police say a gun was used in the shooting.
Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay previously said the deceased child is a toddler.
“This one is hard. You don’t like hearing about it in your district. You don’t hear about it anywhere in the country,” McKinlay said.
Chopper 5 was on the scene and saw 15 to 20 Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office vehicles in the grocery store parking lot.
Detectives are in the early stages of determining what led to the shooting.
Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous released the following statement about the shooting:
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