Saturday, February 4, 2023

Indiana: Walmart employee was threatened by attacker

EVANSVILLE, Ind. ( Associated Press) – The mother of a Walmart employee who was shot by a former co-worker inside a Walmart store in Indiana says the gunman repeatedly threatened to kill her daughter.

Jennie Couch told WFIE-TV that her daughter, 28-year-old Amber Cook, was shot by Ronald Ray Mosley II because she was making love to her boyfriend. According to Couch, when the boyfriend told Mosley that he was not romantically interested in him, Mosley became angry with Cook and threatened to kill him.

“He kept sending anonymous messages to my daughter. He kept calling her, telling her he was going to kill her, that he saw her walking her dog, Couch told an Evansville television station on Friday.

Mosley, 25, went to the store’s break room where employees were meeting Thursday night and shot Cook in the face with a 9mm pistol, according to the Evansville Police Department. Another employee fled the room and called 911. Police officers responded within minutes, firing Mosley with gunfire. About 40 employees and 40 customers were in the store at the time, but no one was injured.

On Friday, Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin praised as a hero an employee who came to the victim’s aid after Mosley left the break room to search for the fleeing employee. Bolin said she called 911, took the victim to another room, locked the door and turned off the lights before Mosley returned to collect the injured woman.

Mosley worked at the southwest Indiana store until he was fired last May after facing four misdemeanor charges after he assaulted four co-workers, Evansville police revealed Friday.

A probable cause affidavit in that case says Mosley told police he was having problems with people at work and “lost control.” According to the affidavit, one of those victims told police that prior to the attack, Mosley was “mad at her” because she had told Mosley she was not interested in him.

Following the 2022 attack at the store, Mosley pleaded guilty to assault and the case has been forwarded to Vanderburgh County Mental Health Court, county attorney Diana Morse said Friday. Moers said Mosley was complying with court-ordered mental health treatment.

Evansville Police Sergeant Anna Gray said Friday that Amber Cook is in stable condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis. Gray said Saturday that police did not have an update on his condition.

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