Police searching for man accused of killing woman at gym in Pensacola

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 4:00 PM CDT|Updated: May. 24, 2022 at 6:31 PM CDT
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PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - Pensacola Police are searching for 39-year-old Kennon Farrow after an early morning shooting at Pensacola Fitness. Police say Farrow walked into the gym just before 4:30 Tuesday morning and shot 48-year-old Carla Williams multiple times. There were several other people in the gym when it happened. Williams died from her injuries. Police say many more people could have been hurt.

“When you fire shots in an enclosed area like that those shots can go anywhere they can ricochet, there’s all types of bad things that can happen,” said Officer Mike Wood with the Pensacola Police Department.

Members describe the Pensacola Fitness community as a tight-knit group. The gym released this statement that says in part “We are deeply saddened by the events that unfolded today. We lost a beloved member tragically by a domestic dispute that turned violent. We are shocked and saddened beyond words.”

“In this gym specifically people have always been very cordial with each other. It’s even more shocking. It’s just not anything you expect when you get up at 4:00, 5:00 to get your workout in,” said Jim Chesnut.

Farrow is described as being six feet tall with a slender build. Police say he’s wanted for first-degree premeditated murder. Originally believed to be be traveling in a gray Mercedes-Benz with a Florida license plate reading 154-RZU, police later said Farrow may be in a small blue Nissan SUV. No tag information on the SUV is available yet. As the search continues for Farrow, members are offering their support for Williams and her family.

“Our hearts go out to the family and the victim’s family and the victim herself and we’re wishing the best for them,” said Chesnut.

Carla Williams was also a longtime employee at Pensacola State College. PSC released this statement it sent to employees that says in part “We are very saddened to hear of the death of our PSC family member and colleague, Carla Williams. 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. The College offers our deepest condolences to Carla’s family, friends, and loved ones. She will be greatly missed.”

PSC is providing mental health counselors for employees and students. Pensacola Fitness is closed for the time being. Management says they’ll post updates on their social media pages as they know more.

If you have any information on Kennon Farrow’s whereabouts you’re urged to call 911 or you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 850-433-7867. You can also use the P3 app on your smartphone.

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