Gunman not yet in custody
OCALA — A woman was shot and killed during a domestic dispute Saturday afternoon at the Walmart in east Ocala.
Just before 3 p.m., the woman was taken into an ambulance outside the store, 4980 E. Silver Springs Blvd., and then transported to a local hospital. At 3:20 p.m., authorities confirmed that the woman had died.
According to Ocala police, the shooter and the victim knew each other. They were engaged in a physical dispute near the Walmart garden section Saturday afternoon, and the woman screamed for help. A clerk intervened and called 911; that is when the shots were fired.
Scotty Ballard told the Star-Banner that he has known the victim for about a year and a half and was her roommate. He said the victim and the gunman dated for about nine months but were currently apart.
Ballard knows their names, but the Star-Banner is withholding them because the investigation is ongoing and because it’s unknown whether the victim’s next of kin has been notified.
Ballard said the man and the victim had been arguing all day Saturday. He wanted to get back together, but she did not.
During those arguments, the man threatened her several times and at one point said he was “coming strapped” for her, Ballard said.
Ballard and the woman went to Walmart to buy furnishings for their apartment. He was an aisle away when the shooting happened.
So was Colleen Wade. She said 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 him riding away on a bicycle.
As of 4 p.m., no arrests had been announced.
Stay tuned to Ocala.com for more details on this developing story.