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Police identify victim, man accused of shooting her inside Silver Springs Wal-Mart

The Ocala Police Department has identified the woman killed in a shooting at the Silver Springs Boulevard Wal-Mart as 30-year-old Carli Cronin. And the man police claim shot her in the store on Saturday afternoon has been identified as 54-year-old David Perry Johnson.

David Johnson and Carli Cronin

Police say Johnson fled the scene after the shooting and was later located at his residence in the 6000 block of NE 35th Street suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was transported to a local hospital and isn’t expected to survive, an Ocala Police Department report states.

The shooting took place early Saturday afternoon in an incident that started as a domestic argument in the store’s garden center area. Once inside the store, Cronin screamed for help and Wal-Mart personnel attempted to intervene and called 911.

David Johnson, 54, is accused of shooting and killing 30-year-old Carli Cronin inside the Silver Springs Wal-Mart on Saturday afternoon. Johnson was found in his home later in the day suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and isn’t expected to survive, according to the Ocala Police Department.

Then Johnson allegedly shot her and fled from the store, police say, adding that there were no other shooting victims.

Carli Cronin, shown Dec. 23, 2017, listed herself as single on her Facebook page.

Units from Ocala Fire Rescue also were dispatched to the incident. Paramedics from that department, as well as Marion County Fire Rescue, provided treatment to Cronin, who was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead.

Shortly after 3 p.m., Ocala Fire Rescue units were called back the store to treat several people who were suffering from distress from the active shooter incident. Two people were treated on scene and a third who was injured during the evacuation of the store was transported to a local hospital.

Cronin’s Facebook page says she’s originally from Key West and attended John I. Leonard High School. She also studied at Florida Keys Community College and in 2013 started at the Pinnacle Career Institute.

Carli May Cronin’s Marion County Jail booking photo from Oct. 2.

Cronin also has been arrested twice this year and held in the Marion County Jail both times. On May 25, she was arrested and charged with smuggling contraband into a detention facility, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon.

Cronin also was arrested on a bench warrant on Oct. 2 for violating her probation on the earlier charges. But those failure to appear charges were dismissed last Monday and she was released on her own recognizance. And the next day, her application for drug court was denied, court records show.

Johnson also is no stranger to the Marion County legal system, having been in the jail five times since the earlier 1990s. His latest arrest came in August 2010 when he was charged with three parole violations for possession of cocaine, carjacking and attempted strong-armed robbery. In his earlier arrests, Johnson faced charges of:

  • Burglary of a structure,
  • Possession of stolen property,
  • Two counts of violation of probation or community control,
  • Two counts of armed burglary,
  • Intimidation/resisting arrest without violence,
  • Selling a controlled substance,
  • Two counts of aggravated assault,
  • Carjacking,
  • Two counts of weapons possession by a convicted felon,
  • Kidnapping/false imprisonment,
  • Two counts of armed robbery,
  • Robbery, and
  • Displaying/using a weapon.

Carli Cronin, shown on Christmas Eve 2015.

Not surprisingly, the shooting was the topic of conversation throughout much of Central Florida. For instance, as of early Sunday morning, there were 246 comments on the Ocala Police Department’s Facebook page about Saturday’s incident.

Some, like Ocala resident Pat Kaspar Tevlin, were in the Wal-Mart Garden Center when the shooting took place. Tevlin said employees yelled that an active shooter was in the store and told customers to get out of the building.

Carli Cronin strikes a pose on July 20, 2014.

“I probably ran right past the shooter,” she wrote. “It was the scariest thing I (have) ever been involved in. Too close for comfort.”

Linda Ross, of Gainesville, said she was inside the store with her sister and daughter when gunfire rang out.

“It was the scariest thing I have experienced in a long time,” she wrote. “Praying for the family of (the) victim. May she RIP. What is this world coming to?”
Kimberly Pompey Wilkerson, of Ocala, said she was just leaving the Wal-Mart when the incident happened.

“In 10 seconds people came flooding out,” she wrote. “I had gone in through the garden center to shop and return items but came out through the center doors.”

Carli Cronin was a big fan of the Miami Heat, as this Jan. 17, 2015 photo shows.

Yvette Coons-Page said she finds the entire incident very sad.

“It can happen anywhere and that’s what’s so scary,” she said. “May God surround this family with strength through this difficult time. God rest her soul.”

Trisha Berry, of Ocala, offered a simple message to her Facebook friend: “Rest in paradise, Carli. You truly will be missed.”

Ocala Police say this incident marks the 12th domestic violence homicide in Marion County this year. They encourage anyone who is experiencing verbal and/or physical abuse to call them or the Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s Victim Advocates for assistance in safety planning.

Photos in Ocala, Florida



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