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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The coroner has released the identities of the woman killed in a Louisville Walmart parking lot Saturday afternoon and the shooting suspect, who later killed himself.
Jefferson County coroner Jack Arnold says 46-year-old Michelle Hahn was shot just after noon Saturday in the parking lot of the Walmart on Standiford Plaza Dr. in Hillview. Investigators say Hahn was getting into her car when she was gunned down.
"It appears that she had been in the Walmart and came out, possibly was putting some belongings in the vehicle. She was outside the vehicle at the time that she was shot," said LMPD spokesperson Carey Klain.
The killer fled the scene, but investigators tracked the suspect's car to McNeely Lake Park, some three miles from the crime scene. Inside, police found the suspected gunman dead. He had apparently shot himself.
The coroner has identified the suspect as 44-year-old Charles Fickentsher, of Okalona.
"It appears that this was a domestic situation, from the information that we are gathering.The individual did flee the scene, and we do have information that he is deceased, apparently a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It's very unfortunate," said Klain.
According to the coroner, Fickentsher and Hahn had been in a brief three-month-long relationship. He says Hahn had ended their relationship about three weeks ago, and that Fickentsher had possibly been stalking her since then.
The store, of course, was closed immediately, and would-be shoppers were stunned when they heard the news.
"It's uncivilized, man. It's really uncivilized. Something should be done about this, really. They need to get these guns off the street. That's what they need to do," said shopper Clifford Johnson.
Traffic backed up as a steady stream of cars drove by the scene. Some curiosity seekers, others who had not yet heard about the shooting.
"I mean anywhere you go, somebody is getting killed. I mean, that's ridiculous. It's scary. It's really scary," said Johnson.
It's very likely that the entire shooting was captured by the many surveillance cameras scanning the Walmart parking lot.
"They'll process the scene completely, and that includes any type of surveillance here and anywhere this might have stemmed from earlier today and afterwards," said Klain.
No one else was hurt in the shooting. Police say the victim was killed by a single gunshot.