911 calls released in deadly Tarpon Springs Publix shooting

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Video: Publix shooting 911 calls released

  • Greg Janowski and his wife
  • A 1999 booking photo of Arunya Rouch, from when she was arrested for refusing to sign a traffic citation.

Tarpon Springs, Florida - The audio is chilling.

One by one, callers frantically dialed 911 moments after 41-year-old Arunya Rouch allegedly shot her co-worker, Greg Janowski, in the parking lot of a Tarpon Springs Publix.  Witnesses say Rouch was waiting for Janowski after she was fired earlier in the day.  According to sources, Rouch thought Janowski was somehow involved in her firing.

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The 911 calls came from neighboring businesses in the bustling strip mall off Highway 19, with a large Publix and TJ Maxx as anchor stores.  Next to Publix is a hair salon where a woman called police after hearing shots fired. The woman on the phone said that she recognized the alleged shooter.

With a shaky voice, the female caller breathlessly said, "That woman had a gun and she went into Publix."  The operator responded with several questions, "This is Publix?  Female with a gun? What does she look like?"

Investigators say seconds after she shot her own colleague, Rouch ran inside Publix armed with a 9mm and began shooting at Tarpon Springs police officers. They returned fire, wounding her.  Customers screamed and scrambled to get out while the 911 calls came pouring in dispatch.

With sirens in the background, another called told operators, "Someone next door said a woman... went into Publix... a woman with a gun."

Tarpon Springs police detective Michael Trill was the first on scene.  He is being called a hero after his bullet stopped Rouch from hurting anyone else. Detectives say she did hit a back-up to Detective Trill, Officer Stephen Van Schaick.  Van Schiack's belt was pierced with a bullet.

"We believe that her going into Publix meant that she was going to hurt other people.  Detective Trill is a hero.  We believe he saved a lot of lives yesterday," said Lt. Barb Templeton. 

Melanie Brooks, 10 Connects

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