Update on Paddock Mall shooting with security footage

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Posted December 31, 2023 | Staff report

Eight days after the Dec. 23 shooting at Paddock Mall that killed one man and injured a woman, the suspect, Albert Shell, remains at large.

Reward amounts have increased twice, from an initial $5,000 to $10,000 and now to $15,000 for information that might lead to the capture of Shell.

The arrest warrant for Shell charges him with premeditated first-degree murder in the shooting death of David Nathaniel Barron, 40 and attempted premeditated first-degree murder related to the injury of a female, whose name the “Gazette” is not releasing at the request of the Ocala Police Department.

A spokesperson for the department stated, “We believe the woman who was shot was an innocent bystander and has no involvement with Mr. Barron or the gunman.”

According to the Dec. 24 warrant, the charges come with a “no bond status” and include extradition anywhere within the continental U.S.

On Friday, Dec. 29, no one answered a knock on the door at the address of Shell’s last known address. The single-family home is located in the Ocala Park Estates subdivision.  The home is well maintained. There were no vehicles on the property. According to local property records, the 1,875-square-foot house was built in 2006 and the building has a “just value” of about $280,000.

A listing of calls to law enforcement for service at that address was not immediately available.

As previously reported, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that there was an Oct. 27 outstanding warrant for Shell at the time of the shooting at the mall. Neither the MCSO and OPD have provided any information about attempts to execute that warrant prior to the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ocala Police Department at (352) 656-6137, or, to remain anonymous, to call Ocala Crime Stoppers at (352) 368-7867.


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