Florida cops name fugitive suspect, seek possible accomplice, in mall shooting that left 1

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Florida cops have named the suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a mall packed with Christmas shoppers — along with a possible accomplice in the case.

Ocala police said Albert J. Shell Jr. 39, gunned down David Nathaniel Barron, 40, at Paddock Mall Saturday in what they believe was a targeted hit.

Officials also released surveillance footage of a second man who may have “tampered with crucial evidence by taking the shooter’s red hat” after the violence sent shoppers scampering for safety.

“That hat may contain valuable DNA evidence,” the department said, asking for the public’s help in naming the unidentified man.

A prior mugshot of Shell — who is now wanted for first-degree murder and remains on the run — shows him with a cross tattooed on his forehead and a teardrop under one eye.

Authorities said the shooter struck Barron multiple times during the pre-Christmas chaos around 3:40 p.m. — including in the head.

A woman was struck in the leg and is expected to survive, according to WESH.

Cops said Shell managed to flee the mall and remains at large.

Police are searching for Albert J. Shell in connection with the shooting that left one man dead at a mall packed with shoppers on Saturday. Ocala Police/X

He discarded the gun used in the murder, and it was later recovered by police.

Cops locked the packed mall down for 12 hours while unsuccessfully searching for the killer.

Ocala police are offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to Shell’s arrest.

Josh Pawchi, who hunkered down inside a Kay Jewelers with his parents, posted a video to Facebook showing his step-dad telling someone on a cellphone that two people were “shooting at each other” outside the mall’s Chick-fil-A.

Police say a second man picked up Shell’s bloodied hat after the murder. Ocala Police/X

“He chased him and just kept shooting at him,” he could be heard saying in the footage. “They were going after each other.”

A local journalist who was volunteering at the mall roughly one hour from Orlando said she saw the killer mere feet away from her.

“I was volunteering at the wrapping station that raises money for the domestic violence shelter, and the gunman was probably about 10 feet away,” witness Jennifer Hunt Murty said.

“We didn’t really have any protection other than tables with linens over them but we went to the floor, and everybody else was running, so we were very close to the shooting as it occurred, and had very little protection to hide.”

One person was shot dead and a woman was shot in the leg in the chaos. Joan Ivette Serrano/Facebook
Police were unable to locate the shooter after locking down the mall. Joan Ivette Serrano/Facebook

Witness video shot from inside a Bath and Body Works shows horrified patrons taking cover behind cash registers and running for their lives.

Barron was a tattoo artist and father who lived with his 17-year-old son, the boy’s mother told WESH.

“He won’t have his daddy there to celebrate his 18th birthday … he’s graduating next year. He was living with his father at this time … so it’s a big blow for him,” Cheatara Taylor said.

The mother of Barron’s eldest daughter called Shell “the Grinch. He took Christmas away from my baby and all his kids,” La Evans told the station.



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