Woman shot to death by man at Ocala Walmart, shooter found wounded

Witness: Man shot woman several times after argument in garden section

By Roxy Tyler - Web producer

OCALA, Fla. - The Ocala Police Department said a woman has died after getting shot by a man during a domestic dispute at the Walmart on East Silver Springs Blvd. The man escaped the scene but was found later.

An argument Saturday at a Florida Walmart garden center ended when a man fatally shot his female partner several times, Ocala Police Department spokeswoman Meghan Shay said.

Carli Cronin, 30, died at a hospital, police said.

The "domestic argument" started in the garden center and then the woman went in the store and screamed for help, police said on social media. Employees tried to intervene before the gunfire.

The suspect, David Johnson, 55, fled on a bicycle and was caught at the couple's house nearby. He had a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was hospitalized, authorities said. He is not expected to survive, police said.

Police told CNN affiliates they were unsure whether the couple was married.

Shay told CNN affiliate WKMG: "Walmart staff did indicate that they do know of this couple because they do shop there regularly."

Colleen Wade told the Ocala Star-banner that she was shopping inside the store, walking toward the garden area, when she heard a crashing sound. Wade said she turned down an aisle and saw a man standing over a woman and firing several times at her.

After the shots were fired, the man calmly exited the store. When Wade went outside, she saw the gunman riding away on a bicycle. Wade described the shooter as a bald black man who was wearing brown shorts and an orange vest.

No one else was hurt in the shooting.

 

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