The Pensacola community is reeling after a shooter walked into the Pensacola Fitness at 1102 N. Ninth Ave. armed with a handgun at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday and fired several shots at Carla Elaine Williams as she was working out at the gym.
Williams was struck several times and died of her injuries, according to the Pensacola Police Department.
The shooting was a domestic dispute that turned violent, according to the gym’s social media.
Several other people were inside the gym at the time of the shooting, but the shooter only targeted Williams and no one else was injured.
Suspect in Pensacola Fitness shooting
The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Kennon Nicholas Farrow. Farrow, who is wanted by police on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, is described as a Black man, slim in build.
The shooter was dressed in black clothing at the time of the shooting. Farrow was originally believed to be driving a gray Mercedes Benz, FL tag 154-RZU, but officers now say he may be in a small blue Nissan SUV with unknown tags.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 850-433-STOP.
Victim in Tuesday morning shooting
The victim has been identified as 48-year-old Carla Elaine Williams.
Williams is a longtime Pensacola resident and a beloved and respected member of the Pensacola State College community. She began as a student-athlete and went on to serve as an assistant coach in the basketball program, a math instructor and has been a member of Pensacola Junior College Alumni Basketball Players since 2010.
PSC President Ed Meadows expressed his condolences to the campus community in a statement Monday.
“We are very saddened to hear of the death of our PSC family member and colleague, Carla Williams,” Meadows wrote. “Carla was a beloved PSC employee for over 24 years working in Athletics, Collegiate High, and the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, where she had a positive impact on the lives of many PSC students and employees.”
What is next for Pensacola Fitness?
Pensacola Fitness remained closed Tuesday. A reopening date has not yet been announced, as staff and members cope with the shooting. A Facebook post on Tuesday thanked Pensacola Police for their prompt action and support.
The gym asked that anyone in an unhealthy relationship to seek help by calling the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: Pensacola Fitness shooting: Carla Williams killed, suspect at large