His ex-wife’s sister said they tried to get him help, but to no avail. Then on Thursday, he shot a woman, her 1-year-old grandson and then himself.

By John PacentiRachida Harper Skinner Julius Whigham II

A furious sheriff condemned the friends and family of a gunman who murdered a grandmother and her one year-old grandson for not reporting his bloodcurdling Facebook threats to kill. 

Timothy J. Wall, 55, of Royal Palm Beach, is suspected of using a handgun to shoot the grandmother and child Thursday morning

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw could not contain the anger in his voice as he hit out at friends and relatives of Timothy J. Wall, 55, a day after he killed a 69 year-old grandma and her toddler grandson at a Publix in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

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“He has said, ‘I want to kill people and children.’ He’s got friends. Obviously, they saw that. His ex-wife said that he has been acting strange. He thinks he is being followed. He’s paranoid. Do you think a damn soul told us about that? No,” Bradshaw said at a press conference. “If it sounds like I’m angry, I am.”

Surveillance-camera video shows Wall watching victims across the produce section.

Wall then moved to the shopping cart and killed the child with one shot. The grandmother then instinctively attacked Wall. She almost had the upper hand when his gun jammed, but he pushed her down on the ground and shot her, Bradshaw said at the news conference.

Maia Knight of Wellington is the sister of Wall’s ex-wife, Monica Sandra Wall. The Walls married in 2003 and divorced in July 2017. 

“He had mental issues. He wasn’t taking care of himself,” Knight said. “My sister was going to the courthouse, going to police, telling everyone he needs help. My sister was trying to help him but didn’t know how.”

She said Timothy Wall wasn’t getting the help he needed for his mental illness, which she said was schizophrenia. 

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