David Barron, 40-year-old Tattoo Artist, Killed in Paddock Mall Shooting, What Actually Happened?


A wave of shock and grief has swept through the community of Ocala, Florida, following the tragic death of renowned tattoo artist David Nathaniel Barron. A 40-year-old man was confirmed dead after a shooting at Paddock Mall on Saturday, leaving family, friends and the local community devastated.

David Barron, a native of Hollywood, Florida, is a respected figure in the community and a talented tattoo artist. A graduate of Lake Weir High School, Barron has built a solid reputation in the world of tattoo art, touching many lives through his work and warm personality. His untimely passing is truly a significant loss to the community he served.

Barron’s dedication to craftsmanship and his innovative designs have earned him a loyal customer base. Known for his artistic creativity and attention to detail, he played a pivotal role in shaping the local tattoo scene. His sudden death left a void in the industry that will be difficult to fill.

According to the Ocala Police Department, a gunman opened fire inside Paddock Mall on Saturday. Upon arrival, police discovered a deceased man in the common area, later identified as David Nathaniel Barron. A woman was also injured in the incident but is expected to make a full recovery after being treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her leg.

Barron was tragically killed in the Paddock Mall shooting. Authorities believe he was the shooter’s intended target. The gunman, described as wearing a black hoodie, black leggings and a black mask, remains at large and is believed to have fled undetected.


The Ocala Police Department responded quickly to the incident, deploying a heavy police presence upon receiving a call about an active shooter situation with multiple gunshots at the mall. Although the shooter was no longer active when they arrived, police are still working to investigate the incident and arrest the perpetrator. The shopping center remains closed, although the parking lot has reopened.

As we mourn the passing of David Barron, we also remember his contributions to the world of tattoo art. His creativity, dedication to his craft and warm personality will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and the entire Ocala community during this challenging time.