Timothy Wall identified as Publix gunman. ‘It’s awful,’ shoppers say.
Timothy J. Wall is the man authorities say killed a woman and her nearly 2-year-old grandson before taking his own life in a frightening shooting at a Publix on Thursday.
Court records show that Wall had declared bankruptcy earlier this year. He had $6,000 in assets compared to $215,000 in debts, according to bankruptcy records. Most of the money is owed to his ex-wife, who divorced him in 2018.
Brian Heinrich lives next door to Wall’s ex-wife, only minutes away from the Publix at 1180 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard in Royal Palm Beach.
He says Wall hasn’t lived there in a few years but that he never would have expected this.
“When we heard this morning what happened we were pretty surprised because the last time we talked to them they seemed very nice and pleasant and pretty normal,” Heinrich said. “You really never know anyone really, so sometimes people just snap.”
Flowers and stuffed animals lay Friday outside the supermarket as the community remained shocked and saddened by the murder-suicide.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said there is “no known motive or relationship between the gunman and the victims, however, detectives are still investigating.”
PBSO is planning to reveal more details at a news conference Friday afternoon.
The young boy killed was to turn 2 later this month. Authorities have not released either of the victims’ names, but Local 10 News has learned that the boy’s father is a civilian employee with the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department. He’s an evidence specialist who has worked for the agency for more than 20 years. He had to come to the scene Thursday to identify the bodies of his son and his mother.
We also now have a photo of Wall, who was identified as the gunman by PBSO on Thursday night.
I can confirm this is Timothy J. Wall, the gunman from yesterday’s murder suicide at a Royal Palm Beach Publix. His connection to the grandmother and toddler he killed is still unknown. @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/yLxJRnaFSS
— Ian Margol (@IanMargolWPLG) June 11, 2021
On Friday morning, shoppers returned to the Publix to retrieve items left behind when they scrambled to leave after gunfire rang out near the produce section shortly before noon Thursday.
“It’s awful. It’s our local Publix and it’s scary. Very sad,” said Pam Taplan, who came Friday to pick up her friend’s purse.
Taplan said her friend dropped her purse and phone and ran out of the store when she heard three gunshots.
Anay Hernandez left a teddy bear at the makeshift memorial outside the Publix on Friday.
“I always come with my daughter here, so right now it doesn’t feel safe anywhere,” she said.
The supermarket remains closed and said it is not sure when it will reopen. PBSO said that isn’t expected to happen until at least Saturday morning.
“I don’t believe someone has the right to take a child’s life,” another woman outside the store said Friday. “That really impacts me.”
Investigators continue to work to connect the dots on why Wall, of Royal Palm Beach, allegedly targeted a young child and his grandmother.
“We are trying to determine what led up to the shooting,” Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said.