Walmart shooting suspect charged with punching several people at same store in May

Walmart shooting suspect charged with punching several people at same store in May
Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 10:34 AM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - We’re looking more into the history of the Walmart shooting suspect in Evansville.

An affidavit describes a scene at the west side Walmart on May 18, 2022.

Slammed him to the ground, kneed in the face and shoved against the wall: this is how several people who worked at the west side Walmart in 2022 described how Ronald Mosley attacked them last May.

According to Evansville police officers, a victim said Mosley was angry because he had feelings for them, which were not reciprocated.

The victim says that’s when Mosley began punching him, inside the store.

The victim’s manager and other coworkers tried to stop Mosley, and in turn were also hit.

The incident landed Mosley in jail, charged with four misdemeanor assault counts.

Flashforward to December of 2022, that’s when Mosley enrolled in Vanderburgh County’s mental health court program.

According to Vanderburgh County Prosecutor, Diana Moers, the program allows defendants to enroll, as long as they plead guilty and have underlying mental health issues.

“He has to qualify for that so that took some time and evaluation. You have to have a diagnosed mental illness. And there are doctors involved and all sorts of things and resources like that,” Moers said.

After successfully completing the year long program, participants with misdemeanors, like Mosley can have charges dropped.

“He was by all accounts from the deputy prosecutors that were handling the cases he was calm and polite in court. He stood out because of his tall stature so the did remember who he was. And they were really involved in his cases so they were able to speak to his demeanor and he was compliant with all the court dates and his treatment, Moers said.

14 News spoke with Magistrate Jill Marcrum, who oversees the mental health program.

She said Mosley gave no indication that he was planning this, saying quote “We work with people who have mental illness and we had been working with him for awhile and anytime something bad happens to anyone you’ve worked with, it’s just heartbreaking.”

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