• Police: Domestic violence sparked fatal shooting inside Ocala Walmart

    By: Chip Skambis

    Updated:

    OCALA, Fla. - A 55-year-old man, who allegedly shot and killed a woman in the Garden Center of an Ocala Walmart on Saturday afternoon, is not expected to survive after shooting himself, according to the Police Department.  

    Police said David Johnson shot 30-year-old Carli Cronin as part of a domestic argument around 2:30 p.m. at the Walmart at 4980 E. Silver Springs Blvd.

    According to police, Cronin was arguing with Johnson in the Garden Center when she ran into the store and screamed for help. 

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    Employees at the store called 911 and tried to intervene, police said, but Johnson shot Cronin and fled the scene. 

    Ocala firefighters said they took Cronin to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where she later died. 

    After taking the woman to the hospital, firefighters returned to the Walmart after receiving multiple calls from people who were suffering from distress from the shooting, officials said.

    Firefighters treated two people at the scene and transported another to the hospital who'd been injured while people evacuated the store during the incident, officials said. 

    Police tracked Johnson to the house he and Cronin shared on NE 35th Street, officers said. 

    Johnson shot himself before police apprehended him, police said.

    He was transported to a hospital. He is not expected to survive, police said. 

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    According to records with the Florida Department of Corrections, Johnson has served multiple prison sentences since 1987 for convictions in Marion County. 

    He served time for convictions of burglary, carjacking and drug-related charges, records show. He was most recently released from prison at the end of 2013. 

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