A Florida man is accused of going into a gym and fatally shooting a woman who had broken up with him and taken out a restraining order.
Around 4:25 a.m. on May 24, Kennon Nicholas Farrow allegedly entered Pensacola Fitness armed with a handgun and shot Carla Elaine Williams, North Escambia.com reported.
Williams, a 48-year-old associate math professor at Pensacola State College, died at the scene after she was struck multiple times.
“There were several people inside the gym working out,” Pensacola Police Department Public Information Officer Mike Wood said of the incident. “We’re very very fortunate with the amount of shots that were fired that nobody else was hurt.”
According to authorities, Farrow then fled the gym and authorities launched a manhunt for the 39-year-old suspected killer.
Farrow was located and arrested without incident during a traffic stop on May 25. He was booked into the Escambia County Jail without bond on a first-degree murder charge.
The suspect’s attorney, David Sellers, said Williams had recently broken up with Farrow, WKRG reported.
“I never thought that something like this was possible. He professed his deep love for her. I think perhaps he couldn’t accept that in her mind the relationship was over,” Sellers said.
According to Sellers, Williams had a restraining order against Farrow, who was arrested and charged with domestic violence by strangulation and burglary in February.
The victim’s longtime best friend, Aletha Cassity, told the station Farrow “didn’t want [Williams] to leave him.”
“He always seemed emotional and possessive … he would get upset she had so many jobs because he thought she didn’t want to spend any time with him,” Cassity claimed. “He’d want her to quit her jobs.”
Cassity said what happened to her “very sweet” and “very smart” friend, Williams, was “unnerving.”
“I can only suppose what was in [Farrow's] mind, but I never saw anything that would lead me to believe he was capable of this,” she said.
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