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Florida Publix reopens after grandma, toddler killed by gunman


The Florida supermarket where a mentally unstable gunman killed two people before turning the weapon on himself reopened Saturday.

Shoppers, visitors and local residents paid their respects at an impromptu memorial outside the entrance to the Publix in Royal Palm Beach with flowers, balloons and stuffed animals, according to local reports.

“It was very somber … but business as normal,” one shopper told WPTV television.

Timothy J. Wall, 55, shot and killed a nearly 2-year-old boy, and then the child’s grandmother Thursday inside the supermarket, before killing himself.


The unnamed 69-year-old woman heroically tried to stop Wall after he shot the baby, according to a timeline of events posted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

The alleged gunman fatally shot a toddler and her grandmother inside the Publix shopping center in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.
The alleged gunman fatally shot a toddler and grandmother inside the Publix in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.
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“He shoots the child. The grandmother interferes with the gunman and because of her brave actions, his gun jams. After some struggling, he then ends up shooting the grandmother and then himself,” the Twitter thread reads.

Wall had a history of mental illness and had ranted on social media about his desire to kill children.

Officers close down the parking lot at the scene of a shooting at the Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach, Florida on June 10, 2021.
Officers close down the Publix parking lot in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, after the shooting on June 10, 2021.

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