• Man found shot to death inside Merritt Island Walmart, deputies say

    By: Sarah Wilson , Kelly Healey , Melonie Holt


    MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. - A 27-year-old man was found shot to death inside a Walmart in Merritt Island, Brevard County deputies said.

    Shawn Robbins, of Cocoa, was shot at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Walmart on East Merritt Island Causeway, deputies said.

    The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said Rashad Gibson, 27, of Cocoa, was identified as the shooter.


    Investigators said Gibson, a Walmart employee, got into a confrontation with Shawn Robbins during a disagreement about a woman.

    “The person we feel is responsible for this shooting incident is with our personnel at the present time,” said Tod Goodyear, of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said. “There was only one shot fired.”

    Goodyear said shoppers were evacuated from the store and employees were moved to another part of the store.

    Deputies said Gibson remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. It is unknown if he has a license to carry a concealed weapon.

    "The investigation has determined that the incident appears to be a relationship dispute concerning an unidentified third party, where the decedent traveled to the Walmart, where Gibson is employed, to confront him," a Sheriff's Office news release said.

    No arrests have been made.

    Deputies said the results of the investigation will be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for a decision on whether charges will be filed.

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